Star cocktail + old cocktail books.

Big star.

For those who are interested in the history of cocktails, old cocktail tutorials can be an interesting resource if you approach them with the right expectations, which will be discussed later. However, first of all. Where exactly can such respectable lines be obtained? Unfortunately, this perspective often causes us to become overwhelmed when it’s time to start a project. Fortunately for those interested in exploring the genre, there are some fairly inexpensive prints of more popular examples that can be ordered online (some of which I suggest below). Now, about those expectations… If you go into this expecting to find a whole bunch of interesting: exotic recipes, you’re disappointing yourself. The further you go, the clearer the drinks become, as almost everything before 1914 is (roughly) different. oldstyle (Duh!) Or Manhattan և based on a fairly narrow range of ingredients: whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, vermouth (mostly Italian, but some French), curacao, chewing gum syrup և bitter (quite a lot of orange, Angostura or Bogart’s / Boker’s:. Acids are practically absent, more attention is paid to shoemakers և toes. For example, Jerry Thomas Seminary Guide for bartenders (1862) contains only a handful drinks that we are used to seeing in the cocktail menu these days. Usually the explanation of the drink is too little or not right outside the recipe. So if you are looking for inspiration, go somewhere else. However, we need to look deeper understanding: These books on the origins of cocktails, trends and the ancient culture of drinking can be an absolute gold mine. As an example, we know that around 1900 the proportions of many cocktails were very different. often consisting of a 50:50 alcohol-vermouth ratio that spun over and over again over the centuries * before they began to recede. In the early 2000s. Very interesting.

The next challenge is how to codify prehistoric cocktail recipes. Instead of specific (ounce or ml) quantities, we find vague, incomprehensible measurements, such as a dash, a pony, a glass of wine, or just this or that “half,” or instructions, such as “half an Italian vermouth, half.” »: “Tom Jin.” Yes. I have accepted the following conventions:

1 dash = heavy eighth ounce (5 ml) if it is bitter, in which case it is just is: a dash.

1 pony = 1 ounce (30 ml)

1 glass of wine or “portion” = 2 ounces (60 ml)

Which will give you most of the recipes?

Further considerations are that “powdered sugar” simply refers to what we now call “granulated sugar”, that where we read “mustard syrup” we simply use plain 1: 1 syrup.

The book I am painting today Cocktail book A small but beautiful reprint of an anonymous but ubiquitous bar guide from the British Library in 1900. It shows us the trends of the day և, as such, relies heavily on vermouth, which were many. strictly At the turn of the century, the cornerstone of the evolution of the modern cocktail. Since it is a guide designed to sit on every “modern” good rack, we can assume that it lists the drinks that are most often in demand at the time. We see that Manhattan is included here as one of a number of very similar drinks, which has emerged on the verge of its emergence as the leader of the Italian vermouth + alcohol + bitter style. But today I choose “Star Cocktail” as an interesting option, which, no doubt, will feel what people drank more than 120 years ago.

Star cocktail (as written).

Use a glass mixer.

Two-line chewing gum syrup; three dashes orange bitter; half an apple brandy; half Italian vermouth. Fill the glass with ice, mix, squeeze into the cocktail glass, add a small layer of lemon peel.

Star cocktail (modern).

1.5 ounces (45 ml) of apple brandy (calvados or apple cider vinegar).

1.5 ounce (45 ml) Italian vermouth.

0.25 oz [or a touch over] (8-9ml) plain syrup.

3 rows of bitter orange.

Mix with ice, squeeze into a frozen cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest.

Toast: British Library.

* Eventually getting to the point where Martin was made by “mixing gin with ice and looking at a vermouth bottle.”


Here are some reprints I can recommend, roughly in terms of usefulness:

Harry Credok Savoy cocktail book 1930 (see this one) essential):

David Ambery The subtle art of mixing drinks 1948

Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide: 1862

Cocktail book (in the picture) 1900

Although not a reprint, but a summary of old recipes, Ted Hay Vintage spirits և forgotten cocktails is also a useful link.

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