It may surprise you to know that the saxophone does have a very precise birthday and that it’s today. In 1846, Adolphe Sax patented this new musical instrument.
One of music's unsung heroes, Sax learned to make instruments from his father as a child. He personally played both flute and clarinet but felt the need for a new instrument that was softer than brass and more penetrating than woodwind. With a reed-based mouthpiece, like the clarinet, and the brassy quality of brass instruments, the sax really is the best of both worlds.
The saxophone would go on to become a jazz staple, so tonight we're opting for a famous Jazz Age cocktail: Johnny Solon's Bronx. Created at New York's Waldorf Astoria, Solon allegedly named it for the Bronx Zoo, because some of his customers had told him about the strange animals they saw after a lot of mixed drinks.