Old Tom Gin Cocktail
Source: Bartender's Manual or How To Mix Drinks of the Present Style page: 79
1 large bar glass icefine shaved, fill the glass
Ingredient: iceWhat 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).
2 to 3 dash gum syrup
1 to 2 dash Boker's bitters
Ingredient: Boker's bittersWhat 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.
1 to 2 dash Curaçao or Absinthe, if required
1 wine-glass Old Tom Gin(Use a large bar glass.)
Stir up well with a spoon, strain into a cocktail glass, twist a piece of Lemon peel on top, and serve.