That Holden, at sixteen, knows a Tom Collins is a summer drink, while the thirty-somethings from Seattle don't, gives readers an insight into Holden's wealthy and cultivated family background.
Like a Gin Fizz, the main ingredients are gin, lemon juice and club soda.
Try a Tom Collins with this recipe. Not in December, for God's sake.
Meaning she had a wide or crooked mouth. Holden's talking about Jane Gallagher, whose muckle mouth he likes very much. At least she wasn't named for this feature, as Robert Browning's Muckle-Mouth Meg was:
“Life’s sweet; shall I say ye wed Muckle-mouth Meg?”/ “Not I,” quoth the stout heart: “too eerie/ The mouth that can swallow a bubblyjock’s egg:/ Shall I let it munch mine? Never, dearie!
Greenwich Village is lower Manhattan's artsy, bohemian neighborhood, especially popular with the Beatniks in the 1950s (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, etc.) and folk singing hippies in the 1960s (Joan Baez, Bob Dylan). Check out its many fine alleys.
Less bohemian now, but still buzzing, Greenwich Village is home to many excellent restaurants, music clubs, art galleries and sex shops.
For an idea of the 1960s vibe, listen to The Roches talk about Folk City, the legendary Greenwich Village music club, and sing their song Face Down at Folk City.
The film was based on a novel by Rudyard Kipling.