Ingredient: Boker's Bitters

It’s an old drink, but one worth keeping: the Genever Crusta

“Cocktails are compounds very much used by “early birds” to fortify the inner man, and by those who like their consolations hot and strong,” wrote William Terrington in his 1869 book, Cooling Cups & Dainty Drinks. “‘Cocktail’ is not so ancient an institution as Juleps, &c, but, with its next of kin, ‘Crusta’ promises to maintain its ground.”

Fancy Gin Cocktail

It’s in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 edition of How to Mix Drinks where you’ll find a…