The Rickey cocktail has one of the most interesting stories behind; it was created by a happenstance collaboration between a bartender and his regular customer, Colonel Joe Rickey, who enjoyed starting his mornings with a mixture of bourbon and sparkling water.
The Last Word is one of the most representative Prohibition-era cocktails, because it is based on gin, which was one of the types of alcohol most easily found; this is because it was easy to cook at home, in the bathtub, a habit many people took to at that time.
If you want to know how to prepare an Old-Fashion cocktail, it’s best to have a muddler, which is a very useful tool for crushing the sugar in the bitters before adding the ice and the bourbon whiskey that complete this classic recipe; the right glass is also essential, but generally any large glass will do.
Although the origins of the Manhattan cocktail are uncertain, the original recipe still exists and it contains the following ingredients: 50 ml of whiskey, 20 ml of sweet vermouth, Dash Angostura bitters which are stirred over ice, then poured into a chilled cocktail glass and decorated with one Maraschino cherry.
The Sazerac cocktail is considered the oldest American cocktail because we have very specific facts about its creation, which began in 1850 when a businessman by the name of Sewell T. Taylor first started importing the original cognac used in the recipe, the Sazerac de Forge et Fils.