Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Improved Whiskey Cocktail

2 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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or Angostura
3 dash gum syrup

Ingredient: gum syrup

Also Known As:  Gomme syrup What it is:  Syrup

An ingredient commonly used in mixed drinks. Like bar syrups, it is a sugar and water mixture, but has an added ingredient of gum arabic which acts as an emulsifier.

Substitution:  simple syrup

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2 dash maraschino

Ingredient: maraschino

What it is:  Liqueur
Bittersweet, clear liqueur flavored with Marasca cherries, which are grown in Dalmatia, Croatia, mostly around the city of Zadar and in Torreglia (near Padua in Northern Italy).

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1 dash absinthe

Ingredient: absinthe

What it is:  Spirit
An anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium (wormwood). Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits.

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1 piece lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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small piece of the yellow rind, twisted to express the oil
1 small wine-glass whiskey

Ingredient: whiskey

What it is:  Whiskey
Broad category of alcoholic beverages that are distilled from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn (maize). Most whiskies are aged in wooden casks (generally oak), the exception being some corn whiskeys.

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Bourbon or rye
(Use ordinary bar-glass.)

Made the same way as the Improved Brandy Cocktail substituting Bourbon or rye whiskey for the brandy.

[Fill glass one-third full of shaved ice, shake well, and strain into a fancy cocktail glass. The flavor is improved by moistening the edge of the cocktail glass with a piece of lemon.]

Variant of:  Whiskey Cocktail