Young Man

Young Man

August 27, 2013 (Day 110) – Young Man The creepily-named young man is a slightly modified version of the original drink that first garnered the name “Cocktail.” It’s a spirit and bitters. More or less. 3 oz brandy 1 oz French (dry) vermouth 1 dash angostura bitters 2 dashes orange curaçao Combine all the ingredients […]

Saratoga Brace Up

Saratoga Brace Up

August 14, 2013 (Day 97) – Saratoga Brace Up We’re spending some time with the Professor this evening for a drink that’s just a little bit shocking when you take a close look at the ingredients. The Saratoga Brace Up. Take 1 table-spoonful of fine white sugar. 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. 4 dashes of […]

Jamaican Rum Cocktail

Jamaican Rum Cocktail

This recipe is taken from the 1895 book Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler.

Improved Gin Cocktail

Improved Gin Cocktail

June 8, 2013 (Day 29) – Improved Gin Cocktail We’re going back to the old, old, incredibly old school beats of where the term “cocktail” actually originated. You see, a cocktail, in the classic definition, isn’t anything close to the umbrella term we use today, dedicated to every single mixed drink that included alcohol. No, […]

Sloeberry

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May 24, 2013 (Day 15) – Sloeberry Not all classic cocktails are unnecessarily complex. Sometimes its as simple as modifying the base spirit by tinge. The Sloeberry takes the base of sloe gin and adjusts it with a few tiny dashes of bitters to modify the flavors. Sloeberry 1 oz sloe gin 1 dash Angostura […]

Blackthorn Cocktail

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May 18, 2013 (Day 9) – Blackthorn Cocktail Pre-Prohibition cocktails and post-Prohibition cocktails tend to share a lot of similarities. Whereas the development of cocktail recipes seems to outpace a good number of other culinary crafts, those few decades with nothing but speakeasies seems to have somewhat stunted the creation of a new generation of […]

Amaranth Cocktail

Amaranth

May 17, 2013 (Day 8) – Amaranth Cocktail One thing about scouring these classic cocktails is you realize something – the majority of cocktails from the late 1800s use basically two spirits – whiskey and gin. Now, what’s cool about this is that it does actually specify what kind of whiskey and gin (why yes, […]

Lawhill

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May 12, 2013 (Day 5) – Lawhill The spiciness of rye lends some excellent complexity to cocktails that aren’t present in other whiskeys. That spiciness can also bring out different layers of flavors in other super-powered liquors such as absinthe. Lawhill 2 oz rye whiskey 1 oz dry vermouth 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash […]

Gin Crusta

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May 12, 2013 (Day 4) – Gin Crusta Every time Mother’s Day comes around we mull over whether or not we’ll do a special cocktail. It’s not because we don’t love our mothers. In fact, my wife and I are both exceedingly fond of our own mothers and grandmothers. They’ve been confidants, supporters, and friends […]

Colonial

Colonial

May 9, 2013 (Day 1) – Colonial As mentioned in the post before this one, we are taking the time to explore deep into the history of classic cocktails and to take a look at how these roots have grown into the multi-billion dollar business we know today. This idea has marinated in our minds […]