The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
Originally, cocktails had such fanciful names as “gin cocktail”, “whiskey cocktail”, and “brandy cocktail”. Now that is some creativity the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time. Such names were common in the original bartender’s guide published in 1862 by Jerry Thomas. By the time he published his second book in 1887; cocktail names had taken a decidedly different turn. Besides the Manhattan, Morning Glory, and Martinez cocktail, we also see one of the first appearances of the Saratoga cocktail. This variation on a Manhattan includes brandy along with the whiskey.
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz brandy
3/4 oz rye whiskey
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Stir with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass.