The Cocktail Chronicles: Rediscovering Forgotten Classics

In the world of mixology, trends come and go like the changing seasons. Some cocktails stand the test of time whilst others fade into obscurity. This week we dive into cocktail history and shine a spotlight on some forgotten classics that deserve a revival! These classics contain flavours and combinations that inspire and excite.

The Corpse Reviver No. 2

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 was rumoured to wake the dead (meaning, to revive the hungover). Its origins are traced back to the 1870s and it was concocted as a morning-after remedy for the effects of a big night out!

  1. Rinse the inside of a chilled coupe or cocktail glass with absinthe, discard the excess, and set the glass aside.
  2. Add 22.5 ml of dry gin, 22.5 ml of Lillet Blanc, 22.5 ml of orange liqueur, and 22.5 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice into a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake the mixture until chilled and strain into the glass.


The Blinker

The Blinker, a cocktail that hails from the Prohibition era, strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart, with a subtle kick from the whiskey. Despite its simplicity, it boasts a complex flavour profile that will stimulate discerning palates.

  1. Add 60 ml Rye Whiskey, 30 ml of grapefruit juice, and 15 ml of raspberry syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled (typically 15-20 seconds). 
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with skewered raspberries.


The Japanese Cocktail

This cocktail is all about old-school elegance. Despite its name, this cocktail has little to do with Japanese ingredients or traditions. Instead, it pays homage to the Japanese diplomat who popularised the drink in the United States during the mid-19th century. Its smooth velvety texture is sure to impress.

Stir 60 ml cognac, 10 ml of Orgeat syrup, 10 ml of chilled water, 10 ml of aromatic bitters, and 2 slivers of lemon peel in a glass with ice, and strain into a chilled glass.

Whether you use these recipes to offer something new (or old) to your customers, or as inspiration for your own inventions, these will get people talking!


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