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Popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated.
The Ampersand was first published in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book by A.S. Crockett (1935). Little else is known about the history of the Ampersand cocktail. However, some speculate the name may be derived from the ampersand in between Martini & Rossi, a popular brand of vermouth which is one of the cocktail’s original ingredients.
The Clover Club Cocktail is a drink that pre-dates Prohibition, and is named for the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name, which met in the Bellevue-Stratford hotel. The Clover Club itself dates to 1896, as seen in the 1897 book, The Clover Club of Philadelphia.
This age old cocktail is said to have been the drink for which the waxed paper straw was invented. The origins of the cocktail are unknown but it is one of the oldest classic cocktails. This recipe is adapted from Jerry Thomas’ 1862 How to mix drinks- The Bon Vivant’s Companion
We call this just The Sour as we think it is the original and best sour recipe. The recipe itself was first written down in the 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas. However, the basic recipe was known for over a century prior.
Fish House Punch
Probably the most famous of all punch recipes this is believed to have originated at a Philadelphia fishing and social club called the ‘State in Schuylkill (pronounced Skoo-kul) Fishing Corporation’ which was established in 1732 with a club house on the banks of Pennsylvanias Schylkill River . The first written reference to the drink appeared in 1794.
Designs for Life
Honeysuckle On This
The classic Daiquiri was supposedly invented by an American mining engineer, named Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish–American War. The daiquiri is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks this is a contemporary adaptation of this recipe.
This cocktail is not, as you might think, named after the movie of the same name, but in fact it is an adaptation of a recipe discovered at the OXO Tower Restaurant & Bar in London. A great berry and apple tang with a bourbon kick, all the great American tastes wrapped up in one drink.
With a tip of the hat to the world of Tiki drinks and our love of rum, we give you our signature drink. Based on a drink created in the 1930s by Don ‘The Beachcomer’ at his restaurant in Hollywood, California, fresh fruit flavours leads to a punchy rum finish, hard to have only one.
Thyme at the Bar
There are many explanations on how and where the margarita was invented, however, one explanation is that the margarita is merely a popular American drink, the Daisy, remade with tequila instead of brandy, which became popular during Prohibition as people drifted over the border for alcohol. There is an account from 1936 of Iowa newspaper editor James Graham finding such a cocktail in Tijuana, years before any of the other Margarita “creation myths”.
Just the Ticket
A recipe for a cocktail with the name “Greyhound” appears in Harper’s magazine in 1945 thus: “The cocktails were made of vodka, sugar, and canned grapefruit juice — a greyhound. This cocktail was served at Greyhound’s popular restaurant chain that was located at bus terminals, called ‘Post House’. Here is our modern version with the addition of rosemary.
White Apple Cosmo
The original Cosmopolitan recipe was first seen in the 1934 book ‘Pioneers of mixing at Elite bars’. Ours has been adapted from the more recent 1988 Toby Cecchini’s recipe. With our apple twist.
In the Lab
A superb cold brew coffee based espresso martini drunk through a light fluffy vanilla vodka cloud. Think White Russian, and you are on the right track.
The One And Only
The classic Ramos Gin fizz deconstructed with a twist, drink through a rich citrus foam to the frozen fizz below.
The Art of Aviation
A deconstructed Aviation cocktail, simply pour your shaker into the glass and watch the violet fluff disappear completing the drink.
Defy logic with these solid but liquid pebbles of mojito.
Be amazed as the drink changes colour before your eyes as you add each ingredient.
White sangria with suspended fruit pieces and mint within it.
Be transported to the Caribbean with this tropical fruit medley with a clever twist.