Dr. Hurley’s Digest Volume I: Miscellany

To wrap things up, here are 1) the historical documentation of Dr. Hurley’s life and times, 2) a few Aphorisms, and 3) a few Tonics.

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Dr. Hurley’s Tonic № 006


onic to Enhance Escapism and Reduce the Malaise Brought on by the End of Summer.

  • 4 parts rhubarb juice
  • 2 parts Vodka
  • 1 part Licor 43

In order to pretend summer is not over, shake 4 parts of rhubarb juice, 2 parts of vodka and one part of Licor 43 with ice cubes and strain into a stemmed glass. Take a sip, close your eyes and daydream yourself to your favorite Spanish beach. Repeat as needed.

Note: Dr. Hurley originally prescribed a mixture of vodka, rhubarb juice, and his own tincture which involved citrus, aromatics, and vanilla.  The closest approximation of his recipe we have been able to find in today’s liquor stores is Spain’s golden Licor 43.

recipe sourced by Wiebke Henning

Dr. Hurley’s Tonic № 005

he Means of Preservation was prescribed by Dr. Hurley for those who complained of a slowing constitution, aches and pains, and the general onset of age.  It was also prescribed to young ladies who feared the loss of their youthful complexion.  It is also believed that Dr. Hurley partook of this particular tonic to ensure his own good health on his many travels, including the one that eventually brought him to the gleaming shores of the young U. S. of A.

  • 2 oz Beefeater Gin
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dash Celery Bitters

Stir with ice until very cold.  Then strain and dispense.

Tonic № oo4: Milk Punch for Circulatory Complaints

r. Hurley frequently treated patients from all of Europe at his spa in Ireland.  Its proximity to Northern Europe and relatively mild climate made it a favorite among German health-seekers.  Many of them complained of a disturbance of the circulatory system – Kreislaufstörung – which was something of a catch-all diagnosis for headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety, and general malaise.

Dr. Hurley’s treatment for this complaint was, we believe, a tonic similar to the milk punch celebrated by Benjamin Franklin in the early days of the United States, pink in color, and mild in taste.  It seems in keeping with the doctor’s sense of humor and distaste for excess earnestness that his concoction featured an infusion of blood oranges to help cure this alleged circulatory disorder.  This particular tonic is said to bring a flush to the cheeks and a warmth to the stomach, signaling the restoration of proper circulation.  A mild infusion of spices is also said to have been used to reinvigorate the patient as well as bring to mind pleasant memories.

While we have not yet uncovered the Doctor’s own recipe for this tonic, we believe it is similar to a modern preparation of milk punch, and probably most closely resembles this recipe published by one Darby O’Shea.  Perhaps she is descended from a former patient of the Doctor’s?

Another Anti-Tedium Snake-Oil

“Hello friends, I’m your Vitameatavegamin girl.

Are you tired, run – down, listless?  Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?

The answer to all your problems is in this  little bottle.  VITAMEATAVEGAMIN.

Vitameatavegamin contains Vitamins, Meat, Vegetables, and Minerals.

Yes, with Vitameatavegamin, you can spoon your way to health.  All you do is take a great big tablespoonful after every meal.  Mmmmmm….  It’s so tasty, too!  Tastes just like candy!

So why don’t you join all the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow!

Thats Vita-meata-vegamin! (wink)”

From the immortal genius of I Love Lucy.  Shame they didn’t know about Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil when making that episode.

Dr. Hurley’s Tonic № 003

Records show that a tonic very similar to this was produced at Hurley’s Restorative Baths and Spa in Ireland. Click here for more on the intriguing history of Dr. Hurley.

  • two ounces Irish whiskey
  • one ounce coffee liqueur
  • a dash of chocolate bitters

Stir with ice, and let your sweet tooth be quenched.

Dr. Hurley’s Tonic № 002

A warming tonic for cold Winter nights spent in with your feet propped up.

  • 1 ounce ruby port
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Stir together maple syrup and orange bitters, add a large ice cube (as large as possible), pour port and bourbon over the ice.

Dr. Hurley’s Tonic № 001

For the alleviation of stress and induction of jollity at the end of a stressful day:

  • one ounce bourbon whiskey
  • four ounces ginger ale

Stir together with ice, crushed or cubed, according to your pleasure.