Improved Whiskey Cocktail – Jerry Thomas’s 1862 Classic Recipe

Improved Whiskey Cocktail
Improved Whiskey Cocktail

If the name isn’t descriptive enough then just think of a Whiskey Cocktail but better. I’m just kidding, this is actually very different than the normal Whiskey Cocktail. While the normal one is cardamom-y and kinda has a spice to it, this one is orangey and licorice flavored.

This first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s 1880 edition of his bartenders guide. His improved cocktail versions never really enjoyed the fame the normal ones enjoyed but they are very good and worthy of being remembered.

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Improved Whiskey Cocktail – Jerry Thomas’s Classic Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
ABV

38%

Total time

3

minutes

The precursor to the old fashioned, the improved whiskey cocktail by Jerry Thomas is a true classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 dashes Cardamom Bitters

  • 1 dash Absinthe

  • 2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur

  • 3 dashes Gum Syrup

  • 2 oz Bourbon

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

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