Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Champagne Cocktails

In mixing all the different cocktails, it is proper to fill the mixing tumbler with fine shaved or broken ice, before putting in any of the ingredients; as it has a much better appearance, but in mixing a Champagne Cocktail it is the proper way of having two or three lumps of clear crystal ice, place them on the bottom of your glass, and mix as follows:
2 to 3 small wine-glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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1 to 2 slice orange

Ingredient: orange

What it is:  Fruit
Fruit of Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange.

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2 to 3 strawberry

Ingredient: strawberry

What it is:  Fruit
Garden strawberries are a species of Fragaria that belongs to the family Rosaceae. Technically, it is not a fruit but a "false fruit". The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France in 1740 via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America , which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile brought by Amédée-François Frézier, which was noted for its large size.

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(if in season)
1 slice pineapple

Ingredient: pineapple

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit. While sweet, it is known for its high acid content

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1 lump loaf sugar

Ingredient: loaf sugar

Also Known As:  sugarloaf What it is:  Additive
Traditional form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top, it was the end product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which had been imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar. Raw cane sugar the best, easily available substitute.

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placed on top of the ice
2 to 3 dash Boker's bitters

Ingredient: Boker's bitters

What it is:  Bitters
Brand of proprietary, aromatic bitters no longer available. Appears mostly in 19th century cocktail books. Other barnds such as Angostura or Fee Brothers can be used as substitutes.

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(Use a champagne goblet)

In all first-class barrooms Boker's Genuine Bitters is still in demand as much as ever.

Fill the Champagne Cocktail glass with wine, stir up well with a spoon and twist a nice piece of lemon peel on top of this, and serve. If it should happen, as it is often the case, that a party of two or three should enter the barroom, and call for a Champagne Cocktail, the proper way would be for a bartender to inquire what kind of wine they desire; a small bottle being sufficient for three cocktails, and also see that the sugar is handled at all times with a pair of tongues, and the fruit with a fork; this is strictly to be observed in mixing the above drink. (See Illustration, Plate No. 4.)