Albert W. A. Schmid

Author, Chef, Educator

The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail is the original cocktail. First made in the Hudson River Valley during the Revolutionary War this drink was most plausibly named a "cocktail" to honor the utensil used to stir the drink - the feather from the back-end of a rooster.


Since the early days of the United States this cocktails has taken many forms and had many recipes. Schmid reviews the history surrounding this cocktail and supplies the reader with over 40 recipies to try. 

There are many creation stories that surround the Manhattan Cocktail which was created after the Civil War and at the dawn of the second Industrial Revolution. 


Schmid reviews the history and lore surrounding this classic cocktail and supplies the reader with over 40 recipes to try.