Here's How to Stay 'Up to Date' With a Cocktail From 1916

When you think of being up to date, do you ever think of 1916? Well, a century ago, there was a cocktail called Up to Date. Similar to the Manhattan, the Up to Date featured in Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 edition of Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Ensslin was the first to record good cocktail mixes, even earlier than the well-known Savoy Cocktail Book.

Calling for equal parts of rye whiskey and sherry, this cocktail does not specify the type of rye whiskey or sherry used. If you prefer a drier and lighter flavor, pick a Manzanilla or Fino sherry. If you prefer a stronger palate, choose Oloroso or Amontillado sherry. Lustau’s Los Arcos Amontillado sherry, with its light tanginess, is perfect. The mellow flavor of a six-year-old Sazerac Rye Whiskey will do this drink justice.

Ensslin also used just two dashes of Angostura bitters, which is somewhat difficult to measure. Bartenders say it approximates to about 4 ml or an eighth of a teaspoon. The clove notes of the Angostura adds a spiciness to the sweetness of the orange.


  • 45ml rye whiskey
  • 45ml sherry
  • 8ml of Grand Mariner
  • 4ml of Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel

The Process

In a mixing glass add 45ml each of rye whiskey and sherry, 8ml of Grand Mariner and 4ml of Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir well for about 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass or cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Use 15 ml of Grand Mariner instead of 8 ml for a smoother taste.

If you are a Scotch lover, we ask you to popularize this once favored drink again, rescuing it out of oblivion.


They say “Beer after whiskey is risk,” so better drink them together, right? But that’s not what birthed the Boilermaker, a cocktail which is hardly even a cocktail! The term ‘boilermaker’ was first used to refer to workers who built and maintained locomotives during the mid-19th century. A popular belief holds that after a hard day’s labour, these workers would visit their nearest pub and chased down a shot of whiskey with a pint of ale for a quick, almost analgesic high. There’s another anecdote which possibly delineates the origins of the Boilermaker. The story involves one Richard Trevithick, a Cornish blacksmith who was experimented with steam-propelled vehicles. In 1801, Trevithick decided to put his the latest invention – a steam-propelled road vehicle – to trial on Christmas night. The location was Cornwall village of Cambourne. The vehicle successfully climbed a hill in the village, carrying Trevithick and a few of his friends. They stopped in front of a bar, and stepped in to celebrate, leaving the vehicle in a shed. Amidst all the merriment and drunken revelry, they forgot about the fire burning in the vehicle boiler. When Trevithick and his friends got done, they arrived at the shed to find a molten mass of tousled scrap. Well, keeping that story in mind as a cautionary tale for the unwarranted, reserve the Boilermaker for a celebration, or the end of a really taxing shift. A shot of an aged smoky, sweet bourbon whiskey, or rye whiskey works well for this concoction. A good idea is to use pale for this mega shot, which will ensure that your palate and food pipe are not under siege.

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Celtic Apple Crumble with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

Apples have been long associated with the Irish tradition, and when it comes to desserts, their presence cannot be ruled out. Celtic Apple Crumble is one such dessert that is flavoured with a respectable dose of Irish whiskey and topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble. The dessert tastes best when served with the rich Irish whiskey Cream Sauce.

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There is always space for tea – even in a cocktail. Tea infused cocktails have a unique appeal, are tasty and refreshing. They make for great sippers, especially in the sultry, soaring summers. Tea has been the star in cocktails for decades, and drinks laced with healthy teas have been trending recently too. Fruity, light flavours go well with tea infused cocktails, and the right mix with the precise spirit can make for a great tropical drink. The gunpowder green tea extract is one such variant of the regular green tea. Not just for cannons and fireworks, gunpowder can infuse your cocktail with the power of a nice, acidic, sharp finish. When balanced with the summer fruit extracts and a robust spirit like whisky, it makes for a subtle, smoky, sweet, and savoury cocktail. The gunpowder guava whisky cocktail – a tropical inspiration begins on a sweet note that extends its earthy flavours throughout. Not your usual whisky cocktail, the gunpowder guava whisky cocktail will surprise you pleasantly with its burst of fruity flavours and the lightness – just the right, cooling blend you have been looking for.

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