Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Inimitable Cocktail

Source:  Modern American Drinks page:  36
1 lump sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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with a little water
1 lump 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 dash lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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juice
2 dash Peychaud bitters

Ingredient: Peychaud bitters

What it is:  Bitters
Substitution:  bitter

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1 jigger Old Tom Gin

Ingredient: Old Tom Gin

What it is:  Gin

A lightly sweetened Gin popular in 18th-century England that now is rarely available.

Substitution:  gin (London Dry)

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Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-​glass, add one lump of ice, one dash lemon-​juice, two dashes Peyschaud bitters, one jigger Tom gin. Mix with small bar- spoon. Serve.