Top 10 classic cocktails: a history

The birthplace of the cocktail is much disputed, with London and New York both laying claim to its invention.

The first print mention of the name “cocktail” appeared in 1798 in The Morning Post and Gazetteer; a long-folded London newspaper, while a name-check in a New York newspaper didn’t appear until 1806.

Wherever it originated, the work of two men – Connecticut-born Jerry Thomas and Gloucestershire lad Harry Craddock – in putting the classic cocktail on the map is indisputable.

The former wrote the first book containing a selection of cocktail recipes in 1862, leading him to be hailed the godfather of American bartending.

Meanwhile, no bar has done more to launch and sustain the classic cocktail than The Savoy on the Strand at its American Bar.

Releasing The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, Harry Craddock sealed the fortunes of the classic cocktail, The Savoy as a mixed drink institution and himself as a cocktail god, in a tome that still serves as a bible for bartenders around the globe.

Craddock is credited with the invention of classics such as the White Lady and the Corpse Reviver #2, both of which are still shaken at the current incarnation of the American Bar, run by the dashing, debonair and trophy-laden Erik Lorincz and his ambitious and ebullient apprentice, Tom Walker.

In part two of our classic cocktail round up, we explore the origins of some of the most famous and best loved cocktails ever shaken, from the Manhattan to the Mint Julep.

One Response to “Top 10 classic cocktails: a history”

  1. MAtteo says:

    One only note, the Jerry Thomas Martinez with Maraschino was made since the beggining with Maraschino Luxardo, still in the market till these days.

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