Posts Tagged ‘classic cocktails’


The First Cocktail

September 18, 2014

Old Fashioned

Most people think the Sazerac was the first real cocktail. They’re probably very nice, but also super wrong. The first cocktail was an Old Fashioned, because a cocktail was defined as spirit, sugar, water, and bitters.

These days that covers a ton of territory as long as you don’t mind defining “sugar” as “booze that’s kinda sweet.” Which I do not.

So tonight Jordan and myself will make Old Fashioneds. Gin Old Fashioneds, Armagnac Old Fashioneds with grapefruit liqueur, Agricole Rhum Old Fashioneds with apple hooch… And even regular Old Fashioneds like you’re used to them.

Let’s get started about 6, yes? Yes. Wheeee!

– Old Man Johnson of the Cocktail Club Johnsons


How To Improve Your Cocktail

March 6, 2014

Improve Your Cocktail

I’m trying to self-improve lately (by “self improve,” I mean “not be chunkier than I should be”), and I shall demand that of classic cocktails on this eve.

They’re not gonna improve themselves, so we’ll do the work. You may have wanted to try a Corpse Reviver #2, for instance, but hate Absinthe like it wants you dead. So, let’s improve it for you.

Lemon Drop too pedestrian for you, tasting like spiked lemonade as it does? Use gin instead, and mayhap splash some orange bitters in there. Tell us what you are “meh” about, we’ll make it better. Just for you. Awww.

Tonight, FBL.