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    Earliest Written Cocktail Reference Discovered? (1709)

Earliest Written Cocktail Reference Discovered? (1709)

What is the earliest reference to a ‘cocktail’ in written record? 1806 in New York? 1789 in London? How about 80 years earlier? Received wisdom points towards an editorial in the May 13, 1806, edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a publication in Hudson, New York: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to …

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    (1762) The Cyder-Maker’s Instructor, Sweet-Maker’s Assistant, and Victualler’s and Housekeeper’s Director – Thomas Chapman

(1762) The Cyder-Maker’s Instructor, Sweet-Maker’s Assistant, and Victualler’s and Housekeeper’s Director – Thomas Chapman

Available to read online at the Evans Early American Imprint Collection here or download here from manybooks.com Cyder-maker’s instructor, sweet-maker’s assistant and victualler’s and housekeeper’s director : In three parts. Part I. Directs the grower to make his cyder in the manner foreign wines are made; to preserve its body and flavour; to lay on a colour, and to cure all its disorders, whether bad flavour’d, prick’d, oily, or ropy. …

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    (1757) The Complete Distiller – Ambrose Cooper

(1757) The Complete Distiller – Ambrose Cooper

Listed in the EUVS library here 1757 Edition – Read online or download from the internet archive here or google books here 1800 Edition – Read online or download from google books here

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    (1736 & 1744) The London and Country Brewer (2nd & 5th Editions) – Fox (links in post)

(1736 & 1744) The London and Country Brewer (2nd & 5th Editions) – Fox (links in post)

(1736) The London and Country Brewer – Fox (1736 – 2nd Edition) (1744 – 5th Edition) The London and Country Brewer, first published in 1736, is an excellent historical beer brewing reference. Beer types explored include the London method, stout butt beer, strong brown ale called stitch, common brown ale, pale, amber and small beer. Learn about growing and selecting barley-corn, soil types, sweetening and bunging casks. A few chapter …

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    (1712) Nouvelle Instruction pour les Confitures – Massialot, Francois (Link in post)

(1712) Nouvelle Instruction pour les Confitures – Massialot, Francois (Link in post)

Hosted by EUVS: (1712) Nouvelle Instruction pour les Confitures – Massialot, Francois François Massialot (Limoges 1660 — Paris 1733) was a French chef who served as chef de cuisine (officier de bouche) to various illustrious personages, including Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, the brother of Louis XIV, and his son Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was first duc de Chartres then the Regent, as well as the duc d’Aumont, …

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    (1705) Le Parfait Limonadier – Moette, Charles (Link in post)

(1705) Le Parfait Limonadier – Moette, Charles (Link in post)

Le Parfait Limonadier Hosted by EUVS Digital Library ‘The Perfect Cafe Owner or The Way to Prepare Tea, Coffee, Chocolate & other Hot and Cold Liquors’ – Charles Moette (1672-1754)

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    (1703) A Voyage to New Holland in the Year 1699 (Transcript & Link) – Dampier, William (Capt.)

(1703) A Voyage to New Holland in the Year 1699 (Transcript & Link) – Dampier, William (Capt.)

(1703) A Voyage to New Holland in the Year 1699 – Dampier, William William Dampier (baptised 5 Sep. 1651 – Mar. 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia’s first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter …

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    (1652) Chocolate, An Indian Drinke (English Translation) – de Ledesma, Antonio Colmenero [Link in comments]

(1652) Chocolate, An Indian Drinke (English Translation) – de Ledesma, Antonio Colmenero [Link in comments]

Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma was a physician and surgeon of Andalusian origin in the late seventeenth century. He is known for having published several books of Materia Medica (Apologia chirurgica) as well as in 1631 one of the first treaties of chocolate in Spanish (its title in Latin is ‘Chocolata Inda; opusculum of qualitate et natura Chocolatae’). The book’s publication was one of the first times that the recipe is …

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    (1651) The Art of Distillation (Transcription)  – French, John [Free e-book]

(1651) The Art of Distillation (Transcription) – French, John [Free e-book]

(1651) The Art of Distillation – French, John John French (1616–1657) was an English physician known for his contributions to chemistry (in particular, distillation) as well as for his English translations of Latin and German works. He was born in 1616 at Broughton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire. He obtained a B.A. degree from Oxford University in 1637 and an M.A. in 1640, qualifying as a physician with an MD in 1648. …

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