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Cherry Blossom Cocktail

The Cherry Blossom Cocktail

There is no telling where the Cherry Blossom Cocktail began. By all accounts, the oldest recipe was published by Harry Craddock in 1930. Naturally Cherry Brandy is called for but still I wondered if there was any deeper meaning behind the drink. Could the Cherry Blossom cocktail have been inspired by a popular British shoe

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Chelsea Sidecar Cocktail

The Chelsea Sidecar Cocktail

Like the Boston Sidecar recipe from weeks back, tonight’s Mr. Boston’s recipe replaces the classic Sidecar spirit, Cognac, with Gin. Believed to have been invented around the end of the first World War, the Sidecar cocktail made its print debut in 1922. The original recipe was published by Harry MacElhone, and calls for Brandy as the

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bonnie prince charlie cocktail

Drinking Like A Jacobite, the Charles Cocktail

Today’s Mr. Boston’s cocktail recipe hearkens back to another bloody period in human history fought on the shores of Scotland in 1745. Seeking to regain the throne of England for his family, Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) helped to form the Jacobite uprising, joining Scottish clans and the French together in an effort to fight

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Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees Cocktail

As I continue to drink my way through history, the similarities between what the author’s of these vintage cocktail books were experiencing and our current day political climate is not lost on me. Shortly after putting together my piece on the Champagne Cup, the terrible events that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend lead me

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The Champagne Julep from 1908

The Champagne Julep from 1908

I could have mixed up Mr. Boston’s Champagne Julep from 1935 as it was written but where would be the fun in that? The oldest Champagne Julep I uncovered from Hon WM (Cocktail) Boothby’s 1908 ‘The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them’ was too hilarious not to try. As soon as I read the details

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Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail kicks off five day’s of bubbly beverages from Mr. Boston’s 1935 Bartender Guide. With simple ingredients, tonight’s cocktail does not appear to be anything special but it does sound delicious! Jerry Thomas’ 1862 ‘Bartender’s Guide – How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks’, contains a Champagne Cocktail recipe that

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The Castle Dip Cocktail

The Castle Dip Cocktail

What on earth is a Castle Dip? Today’s Mr. Boston’s recipe has me stumped! This mint forward classic cocktail appears to be the brainchild of Harry Craddock. The oldest recipe I was able to track down for the Castle Dip was published in his 1930 Savoy Hotel Cocktail Book. Written and published in London, a

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The Casino Cocktail

Old Tom Gin and the Casino Cocktail

The oldest recipe for tonight’s Casino Cocktail that I could uncover was published in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 ‘Recipes for Mixed Drinks’. Calling specifically for Old Tom Gin, I decided to grab a bottle during our liquor run yesterday. Ryan and I have not had the pleasure of trying an Old Tom style Gin yet and

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