The Ori-Gin-Al Cocktail
A move to a more modern, time-sensitive society meant that punch gave way to the cocktail.
The cocktail is generally considered to be an American invention. However, the earliest documented use of the word ‘cock-tail’ appeared in a 1798 publication, The Morning Post & Gazetteer, and was attributed to a politician’s drink tab at a pub on Downing Street.
That politician is named as a Mr. Pitt. William Pitt the Younger who was Prime Minister of Britain from1783 to 1801. Britain’s youngest ever PM, at the tender age of 24. So it appears the cocktail has its roots firmly in London.
The drink was apparently quite common among London’s hostelries and involved mixing gin with ginger syrup, bitters and citrus.
Stir and strain over rocks.
Finish with orange twist and candied ginger garnish.