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World Cocktail Day

May 13, 2020

Today is World Cocktail Day and the perfect excuse to raise a glass to this most magnificent of libations.⁣

200 years ago the best way to get a straight answer to a burning question was to either ask Jeeves - a.k.a. your knowledgeable butler, not the internet search engine - or to write to your newspaper with your query and hope they swiftly print a response.⁣ ⁣ IMG_4178_20-05-13_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Cocktail_Day.jpg⁣ ⁣And so it was, on this day in 1806, that the editor of New York tabloid newspaper The Balance and Columbian Repository, published the first definition of a cocktail in answer to a curious reader’s question.⁣
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⁣The journalist, Harry Croswell described a cocktail as ‘a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters’ and that such a concoction ‘renders the heart stout and bold at the same time that it fuddles the head’.⁣ ⁣IMG_4166_20-05-13_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Martini.jpg ⁣It is this same period in history that Broken Clock’s recipe and story hark from, coming as they do from Georgian era gardens, books and botanicals; which are subtly infused in a traditional copper pot still, albeit on the other side of the pond from the Big Apple.⁣
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In the last two centuries people’s appreciation of good taste hasn’t strayed and the cocktail is a potation that continues to surprise and delight. So let’s propose a toast to the mighty cocktail and all those who shake, stir and sip them the world over.