The drink was first printed in an 1857 issue of Harper's Monthly and since then, has been modified and tweaked into various variations. "Some people says it goes back to 1803," bartender Jason Littrell says. "The history is really fuzzy, so it's impossible to say where it actually came from."
Littrell is the co-director of beverages at JBird Cocktails, a speakeasy on the Upper East Side. The San Diego native was previously behind the bar at The Randolph and picked up his craft when cocktail maven Sasha Petraske came in as a consultant.More »