“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Japanese Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel January 22, 2020 Cocktails

Filling the inconspicuous role of #113 in Jerry Thomas’s manual, the Japanese Cocktail is the second in our cocktail flight dedicate to Thomas, from Volume 5b.  A quick internet search will pretty much give you an exhaustive account of the collected knowledge about the Japanese Cocktail in one paragraph.  While we almost never recommend “a quick internet search” to learn about drinks—so often one encounters canned mistruths, copy-and-pasted across the internet with… Read More

“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Crushed Strawberry Fizz

By Jonathan Laurel January 17, 2020 Cocktails

According to Wondrich’s Imbibe!, Jerry Thomas was the first to write about the Gin Fizz in 1872.  By then it seems the cocktail was already on its way to becoming the wide-spread staple that was soon to birth a dozen iconic variations.  Among the variations important enough to grace Wondrich’s pages, the Crushed Strawberry Fizz is alleged to come from the St. Nicholas Hotel in SoHo, New York.   The St. Nicholas… Read More

Cocktail Flight: “Professor” Jerry Thomas

By Jonathan Laurel January 14, 2020 Cocktails

Recognized as the first bartender’s guide published, How To Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion (1862) by “Professor” Jerry Thomas has captured bartenders’ imaginations for over one hundred and fifty years.  With a wide range of long-forgotten drinks, as well as classic cocktails, the book is a must-read for cocktail enthusiasts.  In homage to the earliest titan of cocktail culture, Volume 5b features a cocktail flight of three cocktails from this classic read. Read More

Cocktail History: Rob Roy

By Jonathan Laurel November 29, 2019 Cocktails

It’s St. Andrew’s Day, which means we’ve officially entered winter drinking season and it’s time for a story. As an illustrated introduction, we start with Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book.  The fairly laconic recipe list that makes up the bulk of Craddock’s book occasionally introduces brief one-liners about the odd cocktail or two.  They may tell where the cocktail came from, from where it takes its name, or some such joke about how it should be… Read More

Cuban Classics: Mojito

By Jonathan Laurel November 15, 2019 Cocktails

Some cocktails defy historicizing; they are products of long evolutions shrouded in circumstance and myth.  The Mojito, for all its fame, is one of these—a tedious but simple cocktail with a powerfully addictive palate. Sources allege two major origin stories for the Mojito.  One associates it with famed English pirate/profiteer Francis Drake and his failed (or stalled, depending on how you read it) siege of Havana.  Allegedly, Drake’s crew was anchored off… Read More