Monday, November 19, 2012

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

Learn about Prohibition era cocktail recipes.

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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Article Summary:
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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