100-year old cocktails worth knowing

For 13 years in the early 1920’s Americans endured the unthinkable. Prohibition. A never ending dry January made even harder by the recent memory of the pioneering cocktail scene at the time.

The Brandy Crusta

A New Orleans classic, originating in the famous French quarter of the city in the mid 1850’s. It is widely renowned as the first cocktail to use citrus, starting the trend of adding a sour taste to drinks used in most contemporary cocktails today.

100 year old cocktails

In the glass:

50ml Cognac VSOP

10ml Orange Curaҫao

2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur

2 dashes Boker’s bitter

10ml fresh lemon juice

The Old Fashioned

Probably the most well known in our list, but somewhat under appreciated these days. The Old Fashioned has been around since 1806, consisting of simply water, whiskey, rye and bitters. This icon was famously the drink of choice for Mad Men’s Don Draper.

In the glass:

1 Sugar Cube

3 Angostura Bitters

1 L Club Soda

2 oz. Rye Whiskey

1 old-fashioned glass

The Aviation

Noted for its beautiful colour, this old-school gin Aviation cocktail is as blue as the sky. Created before Prohibition, this staple was lost to the United States after the Noble Experiment. Luckily, the return of lots of classic liqueurs and quality spirits put this cocktail back on the market.

In the glass:

1 1/2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

3/4 ounces maraschino liqueur

1/4 ounce crème de violette (optional)

Maraschino cherry, for garnish

The Sidecar

Often referred to as the best thing to come out of the prohibition period, as well as an extremely cool name, the The Sidecar is a seriously suave drink. Served in a cocktail glass and full of Brandy, it’s the perfect way to end your dry January early.

In the glass:

3/4 oz. Cointreau

3/4 oz. lemon juice

1 1/2 oz. cognac

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