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The Martinez Cock-Tail

San Francisco, California
September 15, 1875

The receipt for this Cock-Tail is as follows:

- To a sturdy stirring glass with several pieces of cracked ice add
- 2 ounces Old Tom Gin
- One ounce sweet French Vermouth
- A spoonful of Maraschino liqueur
- And a generous 3 dashes of my own Orange Bitters
- and one firm shake of Bitters of Black Walnut when they may be available

Stir until well-combined and strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Presented with the zest of a fresh lemon.

Sazerac Cock-Tail

Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
April 2, 1871

The receipt for this Cock-Tail is as follows:

- To a sturdy mixing glass drop one fine-milled sugar cube
- Add Seven dashes of my own NOLA bitters created in the spirit of this passionate city, N.O, LA
- And a barspoon of very good Brandy
- Allow these to meld for the space of time that lovers may exchange ten lingering kisses
- To this pour in Two ounces of very good Rye Whisky
- And add cracked ice; stir well until chilled

Rinse a stemmed Coupe glass with Absinthe, that ever-mercurial Green Fairy; Strain the Cock-Tail into the coupe; Present with the zest of a lemon.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. @2017 Darby Doyle for Honest John Bitters Co.

 
Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Chicago, Illinois
May 23, 1879

The receipt for this Cock-Tail is as follows:

- To a sturdy glass drop one fine-milled sugar cube
- Add generous 3 dashes of my own Aromatic Bitters
- and one shake of Orange Bitters
- Combine with a scant barspoon each of cold spring water and good French cognac
- Stir until the sugar chrystals dissolve
- To this pour in two ounces of very good Rye Whiskey

And present with the zest of a fresh orange and a large single sphere chipped from ice.

Gimlet of Grape Fruits

Key West, Florida
February 2, 1872

The receipt for this Cock-Tail is as follows:

- To a heavy tin shaker with ice add
- The juice of one local lime
- One-half ounce Grape Fruit’s juice
- One-half ounce sugar syrup
- Two ounces Vodka or Navy Gin
- And Four dashes of my own Grapefruit bitters

Shake well and strain with a Julep silver to remove excesses of ice fragments.

Black Manhattan Cock-Tail

Island of ManHattan, New York
December 27, 1877

The receipt for this Cock-Tail is as follows:

- To a mixing glass with cracked ice add,
- Two ounces very good Rye Whisky
- One ounce Amaro Averna
- And of my own Black Walnut bitters, Four generous dashes

Stir until well-chilled and so that one finger of ice has melted into the liquor. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and present with a be-syruped dark Cherry of fine proportions.