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cider cup cocktail no. 2 vintage recipe

Cider Cup Day Two

I really wanted to test the proof on that 4 year old apple cider but, we forgot to look for the dang hydrometer at the shop and now I’m too tired to go fetch it… oh well! Another round of cider is called for in tonight’s Mr. Boston’s 1935 Cider Cup No.2 recipe. If you

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cider cup no.1 cocktail

The Cider Cup No.1 from 1935

It appears that the Cider Cocktail received an overhaul during Prohibition. Once a simple recipe of sugar, bitters, lemon peel and Apple Cider; it appears that Harry MacElhone “spiced” things up around 1923. Leo Cotton continues in this vain with his Cider Cocktail No.1 recipe from 1935. I’ve heard rumors that apple Cider served as

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Chrysanthemum Cocktail 1917 Recipe

Chrysanthemum Cocktail from 1917

Benedictine is our jam. Ryan and I are both big fans of this particular herbaceous spirit and were very excited to see it play a starring role in tonight’s Mr. Boston’s recipe, the Chrysanthemum Cocktail. Sticking with the 1917 recipe originally published by Hugo Ensslin, Leo Cotton’s 1935 Chrysanthemum is different from any of the

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Chocolate Cocktail Recipe from 1914

The No Cocoa, Chocolate Cocktail

Given the difficulty to find a brandy distilled from Blackberries, I almost nixed the Mr. Boston’s recipe in favor of Harry Craddock’s Chocolate Cocktail. I’m really glad I didn’t. Five years before Leo Cotton published the first Mr. Boston’s Bartenders Guide, Harry Craddock put out a Chocolate Cocktail recipe that included chocolate. Naturally, this seemed

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The Chinese Cocktail

Chinese Labor and Jamaican Rum

At first I assumed that tonight’s Mr. Boston’s recipe was in line with The Cherry Blossom Cocktail, a result of fashion at the time. After some digging it appears that there may be more to the story. The first Chinese citizens arrive in Jamaica in 1854. According to the Caribbean Quarterly, they were imported to

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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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