Monday, November 19, 2012

Prohibition Era Cocktails: The "Modern Cocktail" using sloe gin and absinthe.

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The "Modern Cocktail" using sloe gin and absinthe.

We can date this drink back to around 1910.  The Modern Cocktail was popular during the prohibition era in America. The major taste notes are of the Sloe Gin, followed by a slight smoke from the Scotch. The dash of absinthe gives the drink a subtle depth of flavors.  A wonderful drink that you gotta try today.

Modern Cocktail Recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch
  • 1 1/2 ounces Plymouth Sloe Gin
  • 1/4 ounce lemon twist
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Cocktail Mixing Instructions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice and the sugar and stir.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the shaker.
  3. Will with ice cubes and give a good long shake.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry on top of the cocktail.


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Learn to make the Modern Cocktail from the Prohibition era. A cocktail popular in juke joints and speak easies and the roaring twenties. A nice absinthe recipe.





Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jerry Thomas’s Fancy Brandy Cocktail (ca. 1850)

Jerry Thomas’s Fancy Brandy Cocktail (ca. 1850)


This cognac based prohibition era cocktail as first recorded in 1850.

You can vary the ingredients in this fancy brandy cocktail, as many do, you can also use Bols Genever or a aged Demerara of Martinique rum. Serve the fancy brandy cocktail in a small glass.


Jerry Thomas’s Fancy Brandy Cocktail Recipe:
Ingredients: 

2 oz Martell VSOP cognac

1 teaspoon rich simple syrup

½ teaspoon Grand Marnier

2 dashes of Fee’s Whiskey-Barrel bitters


Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
Stir with cracked ice after mixing main ingredients. 
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the bitters.
Garnish with a lemon peel, that you rub around the rim of the glass.

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Prohibition Era Cocktails: The "Long Island Iced Tea" the roaring 1920's version.

Prohibition Era Cocktails & Vintage Mixed Drinks.

The "Long Island Iced Tea" the roaring 1920's version.

This original drink in the 20's is slightly different form todays version, but just as potent. The story goes that a man by the name of Old Man Bishop, who was from Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Then Old Man Bishops son, Ransom Bishop went on to add to the long island iced tea recipe.  The modern Long Island Iced Tea recipe uses cola and 4 equal parts of the modern 4 liquors, vodka, tequila, gin and rum. The 5th being triple sec or other orange flavored liqueur.

Note: We are currently researching the exact recipe


Original Long Island Iced Tea Recipe Ingredients:

  • Whiskey
  • Maple Syrup
  • varied quantities of the 5 liquors

Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a long glass.

photo of Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island Iced Tea.


Random Note: TGI Friday's claimed that it was involved with creating the Long Island Iced Tea.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Manhattan Club, Prohibition Era Cocktails: The "Manhattan Club" Manhattan cocktail drink recipe using rye whiskey and vermouth.

Manhattan Club Manhattan cocktail drink recipe.

Similar to the classic Manhattan, only this one uses a particular type of Rye Whiskey and orange bitters. 

This is considered a wet martini, so if you like a wet martini, this ones for you kid.

The original Manhattan was invented around 1870.

The Rittenhouse rye gives it a nice woodsy kick, it is rated at 100 proof.  Rittenhouse rye was named North American Whiskey of the Year in 2006 in San Francisco, California.  The overall flavor of this spirit is woody, marshmallow, butter cream, dark caramel, and brown sugar.

photo of a bottle of Rittenhouse rye 100 proof.
Rittenhouse rye 100 proof.


Manhattan Club Manhattan Recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Rittenhouse rye
  • 1 ½ oz Martini and Rossi red vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters


Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
In a cocktail glass, mix and stir with cracked ice.
Follow by straining into a chilled cocktail glass.
Twist a thin cut lemon peel.

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Article Summary:
Learn about classic cocktail of the prohibition era and the roaring 20's. This is a great vintage cocktail that uses Rye Whiskey, sweet red vermouth and orange bitters.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Prohibition Era Cocktails: The Manhattan cocktail drink recipe and history. A classic drink of the roaring 20's.

Prohibition Era Cocktails: The Manhattan cocktail drink recipe and history. A classic drink of the roaring 20's and before.

This is a IBA listed drink and is listed in David Embury's classic book on cocktails The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

ORIGINS of the MANHATTAN COCKTAIL:
One legend states the Manhattan cocktail was created at the Manhattan Club in New York City, honor the election of Gov. Samuel Tilden in 1874.   Another story states it was created around the 1860's by Black, a bartender at a pub on Broadway street.

A early printed version of the Manhattan cocktail is in a book titled "The Flowing Bowl" in 1891.  Here is the version he gives:
2 dashes of gum, 2 dashes of bitters, 1 dash of absinthe, 2/3 portion of whiskey and 1/3 portion of vermouth.

Traditionalist will agrue that the Manhattan cocktail be made with Rye Whiskey. But the truth is today bartenders use Bourbon or Canadian.

There are so many variations of the drink today, i can count at least 9 off the top of my head. Bartenders use the Manhattan as a jumpstart to there creativity.

The Manhattan cocktail drink.


The Classic Manhattan Recipe:
Ingredients:
50 ml Rye Whisky
20 ml Sweet red vermouth
1-2 Dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry

Making the Classic Manhattan Cocktail:
The drink is traditionaly stirred over ice in a mixing glass.
Next, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnishe with a cherry and serve straight up.

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Learn to make the classic Manhattan cocktail drink. A classic cocktail of the prohibition era and the roaring 20's.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Prohibition Era Cocktails: The "Weeper’s Joy" drink recipe that contains Absinthe.

Prohibition Era Cocktails: Learn about the "Weeper’s Joy" cocktail from 1890, that uses Absinthe, Vermouth, Kummel and Grand Marnier.

This was the drink of the week at the lounge last week, here is the recipe and some history.

This is a nice different, semi-exotic cocktail from the prohibition era. Well it was around for some time before the prohibition era, so it was well know by the roaring 20's.

The Absinthe gives the drink it's main flavor, but being layered with other ingredients, it does not overpower the drink. There is also a nice, but again, not overpowering sweetness to the drink.
The Kummel and the Sweet Vermouth balance the Absinthe out nicely.


This mixed drink is easy to remember it's just 1 of each.

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(1890) Weeper’s Joy Recipe: 
Ingredients: 

1 ounce Absinthe

1 ounce Martini and Rossi red vermouth

1 ounce Kummel

1 barspoon Grand Marnier

Cocktail mixing instructions:

You can just stir with cracked ice in a glass and be done with it.
But we like to shake in a cocktail shaker with ice, until nice and cold.
Next, strain the mix into chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon peel.

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Prohibition Era Cocktails presents the "Weeper’s Joy" cocktail from 1890, that uses Absinthe, Vermouth, Kummel and Grand Marnier. A wonderful classic cocktail from the roaring 20's. Taste a bit of history today!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

The Bronx cocktail drink recipe, a popular Prohibition Era cocktail drink.

Prohibition Era cocktails: Learn how to make the classic "Bronx Cocktail."


This is a pre prohibition era drink that was very popular during the prohibition era as well.
Story has it that it was invented around the turn of the century.
It was one of the most popular cocktails during the 1930's. a true classic cocktail drink.

It was listed as one of the World's ten Most Famous Cocktails in 1934.

Bronx cocktail drink photo
Bronx cocktail drink.

The man who invented the Bronx cocktail was Johnnie Solon who was a pre-Prohibition bartender at the popular Manhattan hotel. He was said to be one of the best mixers behind the bar counter for most of the hotel's history.  He is said to have named the Bronx Cocktail after the Bronx Zoo, where he said he saw drunks hallucinate about wild animals.

This cocktail is really just a perfect martini with the addition of the orange juice. The Bronx is also a close relative of the Queens cocktail, that uses pineapple juice.

Today it is listed as a "Official Cocktail" by the International Bartender Association.

"Bronx Cocktail" Recipe
Ingredients

  • 6 parts Gin
  • 3 parts Sweet RedVermouth
  • 2 parts Dry Vermouth
  • 3 parts Orange juice

Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
Pour all of the listed ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Shake until cold and frosty.
Strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass and serve.

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