These Classic Cocktails Were Almost Forgotten

These days, cocktail menus are flush with classic cocktails like the Boulevardier, the Vieux Carré and the Remember the Maine. But until a few years ago, many of these classics were almost forgotten? Thanks to bartenders and historians, these cocktails were rescued from obscurity, and thank the whiskey gods for that. At First We Feast, Robert Simonson recommends under-appreciated cocktails that deserve their time in the limelight

While the Corpse Reviver #2 is wildly popular in cocktails dens all over the country, its older brother, the #1, is rarely highlighted. “I think of this as a two-part-to-one-part Manhattan variation with the two parts split between Cognac and Calvados,” says bartender Jackson Cannon of Boston’s Eastern Standard and The Hawthorne. He also uses a couple dashes of Angostura bitters to pull the flavors together. 

Jamie Boudreau af Canon in Seattle recommends the Self-Starter, a mix of gin, Lillet blanc and apricot liqueur while Abigail Gullo of SoBou in New Orleans brings back the Adonis, which is slowly gaining traction thanks to sherry’s growing revitalization. Other featured recipes include the Dandy Cocktail and the Warday’s Cocktail from the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book, as well as a modern day Kansas classic, the Horsefeather. Head over to check out all the recipes. [First We Feast] [Photo: Flickr/5chw4r7z]