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Its origins are unknown, but the champagne cocktail has been served in London and the U.S.'s fanciest hotels since the turn of the century. Its most famous appearance, of course, being at Rick's Café Américain in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. There are literally hundreds of variations. This is the classic. Champagne ounce Cognac 1 sugar cube 2 dashes Angostura bitters Place the sugar cube in a champagne flute and soak with the Angostura bitters. Add the Cognac and finish with the champagne. Garnish with a slice of orange and a red maraschino cherry.

Source: Classic Cocktails (Sterling, 1997) by Salvatore Calabrese


Some say it was created in 1874 at the Mahattan Club in New York for Lady Randolph Churchill, who held a banquet to honour politician Samuel J. Tilden. 1¾ ounces Canadian Club whisky ounces sweet ver mouth Dash of Angostura bit ters Maraschino cherry Place ingredients into the mixing glass and stir. Strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Source: Classic Cocktails (Sterling, 1997) by Salvatore Calabrese


Created jointly by a bourbon distiller and a Kentucky bartender, it has a song in its honour, Make it Another Old-Fashioned, Please, by Cole Porter. 1¾ ounces bourbon 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 white sugar cube Club soda Place the cube in glass and soak with the bitters. Add a splash of soda to cover the cube. Crush the sugar with the back of a spoon. Add the whisky, then fill the glass with soda. Stir. Garnish with slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. Add a twist of lemon.

Source: Classic Cocktails (Sterling, 1997) by Salvatore Calabrese.

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