|1 fl oz||Rye whiskey 100 proof / 50% alc./vol.|
|1 fl oz||Bourbon whiskey|
|1/6 fl oz||Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup|
|1/12 fl oz||Luxardo Maraschino liqueur|
|1 dash||Boker's bitters|
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above.
An Old-Fashioned "improved" by the addition of maraschino liqueur.
The Whiskey Cocktail, along with this Improved version appeared in Jerry Thomas's 1887 The Bar-tender's Guide. The books also includes "Improved" versions of the Brandy Cocktail, and Gin Cocktail which are all what we today call Old Fashioned cocktails that have, in the words of Jerry Thomas, been "improved by moistening the edge of the cocktail glass with a piece of lemon." Such "improved" American cocktails from the period are also distinguished by the use of European ingredients, particularly maraschino liqueur and/or absinthe.