Peach & Honey Cocktail – Original 1862 Jerry Thomas Recipe

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Pulled from the pages of Harry Johnson 1882 bartender’s manual, this absolutely wonderful cocktail should never be served to babies. While honey may seem safe and wholesome enough, not to mention loved by Pooh Bears, it actually has a bacteria in it that can be fatal to children under 1 year of age. In fact play it safe and just don’t mix any alcoholic cocktails for you children. Just stick to what the laws are in the country you are currently in.

On a less silly note Harry Johnson was an early pioneer in the world of mixology and contemporary to Jerry Thomas. Harry Johnson (what a name huh) was born in 1845 in Prussia. In the early 1860s while Otto Von Bismarck began marching the Prussian army westward to both help unify the separate German states and set the stage for WWI, Johnson was making his way to San Francisco. He bartended and mixed eastward from San Francisco to New Orleans and eventually New York, opening bars and publishing his guides along the way. Even though Jerry Thomas is the more famous of these two early mixologist who published their works, Harry Johnson works contain a level of technical precision one expects from Germans.


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Peach and Honey Cocktail – Classic Jerry Thomas Recipe

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Learn how to make the Peach and Honey cocktail.


  • 2 tsp

  • Honey Syrup
  • 2 oz

  • Peach Brandy


  • 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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