Classic cocktail

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Old Fashioned cocktail

A Classic cocktail is a cocktail which appeared after the publication of Jerry Thomas' 1887 Bar-Tender's Guide but before the end of Prohibition in the United States in 1934. This is distinct from a traditional cocktail from pre-1887 or a modern cocktail from after the end of Prohibition but before 1990.

Satan's Whiskers[edit]

Satan's Whiskers is a drink containing gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, Grand Marnier or curaçao, and orange bitters. It is shaken and served without ice. There are two versions, "straight" with Grand Marnier and "curled" with curaçao.

The first recipe for Satan's Whiskers is from 1930 in Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book[1] .

Planter's Punch[edit]

Planter's Punch
IBA Official Cocktail
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

lemon and orange slices

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Mix in shaker with ice. Pour into glass and top up with soda water. Garnish and serve.

Planter's Punch is a rum-based cocktail. The Bon Vivant’s Companion of 1933 credits Jerry Thomas at the Planter’s Hotel in St. Louis around 1840, for creating this drink.[2] It is today considered not a specific cocktail, but rather has grown as the generic name for a set of rum-based punches. Recipes vary, containing some combination of lemon juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, soda water, curaçao, Angostura bitters, and cayenne pepper.[3] Trader Vic helped to popularize the drink.


The first known print reference to Planter's Punch is in the August 8, 1908 edition of the New York Times:


  • This recipe I give to thee,
  • Dear brother in the heat.
  • Take two of sour (lime let it be)
  • To one and a half of sweet,
  • Of Old Jamaica pour three strong,
  • And add four parts of weak.
  • Then mix and drink. I do no wrong--
  • I know whereof I speak.

Other Drink References[edit]

"The Gleaner", (1921)[edit]

"A planters' punch is made of pure Jamaica rum, a little cane syrup, cracked ice along with a slice of native pineapple and orange to make it more attractive."

"1800 And All That" by R. de Fleury, 1937[edit]

No. 1843

Planter's Punch—no.1

Recipe by "Slippery", Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston.

This drink is very popular on the Island of Jamaica, and principally at Kingston. It is made of:

  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar Syrup
  • The Juice of a fresh Lime
  • 1 Wineglass Bacardi Rum

Shake well; strain into a tumbler, and grate Nutmeg and a pinch of Red Pepper on top. No Soda whatsoever.

"Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide," Vic Bergeron, 1947[edit]

  • 3 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • barspoon of bar sugar
  • juice of a small lime
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Stir with crushed ice and strain into a collins glass 2/3 full of same


The Golden Glow cocktail is a variation of Planter's punch popular in the southeastern United States. The addition of bourbon and grenadine creates a distinctive color variation from dark to light orange.


  1. ^ Ted Haigh (2004). Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. Quarry Books. p. 144. ISBN 1-59253-068-0. 
  2. ^ Morganthaler, Jeffrey. "Planter’s Punch". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  3. ^ David Wondrich (2004). Esquire Drinks. Hearst Books. p. 192. ISBN 1-58816-205-2. 

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