This drink must be properly prepared to prevent the different colors from running into each other, but must each have a separate appearance.
Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1882
Note from Lost Cocktails:
Chartreuse Verte (Shameless affiliate link) – Created in 1764 as a lighter alternative to elixir vegetal. The details of the original recipes’ 130 ingredients are still a well-kept secret. Chartreuse Verte is aged 2-3 years in oak casks before being thinned down to an average strength of 55% ABV before it is bottled.
Dissolve the oils in the spirit, and the extracts in water
Add both together at once
Shake violently for some minutes
Next add the syrup and the remainder of the water
Again shake well up
Let it stand some days, the longer the better
Filter through paper
Haney’s Steward & Barkeeper’s Manual: A Complete and Practical Guide by Jesse Haney, 1869
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Note from Lost Cocktails: I have been wanting to feature the “Tom and Jerry” since I created the Lost Cocktails blog. My husband and I visit Niagara Falls a couple times a year and it’s a tradition on our way back to stop at Schwabl’s in West Seneca, New York outside of Buffalo. Sidenote: Anthony Bourdain visited Schwabl’s for his Travel Channel series, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
A drink which is in the last year (Note from Lost Cocktails that this was published in 1914) much appreciated in the Northern part of Europe, and is lately introduced here, where it has proven to be appreciated by connoisseurs.
Two-fifths Ruhinoy (a Russian cherry cordial made of cherry stones)