The 1919 cocktail was created by a bartender in Florence, Italy. Story goes, it was inspired by a customer looking for a souped-up Americano cocktail, which had club soda instead of gin.

November 30, 2016


Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Stir over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wheel or slice.

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First published in 1930, The Savoy Cocktail Book was written by bartender Harry Craddock, who left America for London during Prohibition to continue plying his trade. Sly's bar manager Chris Chinn calls it "the Bible for our Prohibition-era cocktails"

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