Born in 1830, Jeremiah P. Thomas is now better known as the “father of modern mixology”. Originally learning the art of bartending in New Haven, Connecticut, Thomas honed and refined his skills serving miners during the California gold rush in 1849. By 1851 he had earned enough money to buy his own saloon in New York City. While the saloon was located in a great business area, below Barnum’s America Museum, it was his skill as a mixologist that would bring him fame and fortune. While running his saloon Thomas developed new methods for mixing drinks that would become the foundation for mixology today. As well as a bartender, he was an entertainer and a showman. He often wore flashy clothing and used jewel studded mixing tools made of silver. He also developed elaborate techniques for mixing drinks, often juggling bottles, cups, and mixers. At a time when most customers preferred a beer and a shot, the showmanship and genius of Thomas was vital in popularizing the cocktail among American palates.
By the 1860’s Thomas owned four saloons and had become a worldwide celebrity. He toured the US and Europe, acting as head bartender for dozens of the most high class joints on the planet.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to mixology was The Bar-Tenders Guide, which was published in 1862. A book containing recipes for popular cocktails of the day, as well as a number of his own creations, The Bar-Tenders Guide was the first drink book ever published in the United States. Before Thomas the techniques and recipes of bartenders were passed down through oral tradition. Thomas was the first to codify those methods and principles he discovered worked best, many of which are still commonly used today.
Jeremiah Thomas’ most popular drink was “The Blue Blazer”, which was a drink of his own creation as well as his signature drink . Possibly the first flaming cocktail, it was listed as No. 195 in The Bar-Tenders Guide,
(warning: use extreme caution as mixing of this drink can be dangerous)
Use two large silver-plated mugs, with handles.
1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey
1 dry ounce (28.35 grams) of boiling water
1 teaspoon of pulverized white suger
1 lemon slice peel
Put the whiskey and the boiling water in one mug, ignite the liquid with fire, and while blazing mix both ingredients by pouring them four or five times from one mug to the other, as represented in the cut. If well done this will have the appearance of a continued stream of liquid fire.
Sweeten with one teaspoonful of pulverized white sugar, and serve in a small bar tumbler, with a piece of lemon peel.
The “blue blazer” does not have a very euphonious or classic name, but it tastes better to the palate than it sounds to the ear. A beholder gazing for the first time upon an experienced artist, compounding this beverage, would naturally come to the conclusion that it was a nectar for Pluto rather than Bacchus. The novice in mixing this beverage should be careful not to scald himself. To become proficient in throwing the liquid from one mug to the other, it will be necessary to practise for some time with cold water.
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1 oz. (30ml) Oakheart Spiced Rum
1 oz. (30ml) Malibu Coconut Rum
½ oz. (15ml) Lime Juice (save hollowed lime half for later)
2 oz. (60ml) Orange Juice.
Shake with Ice
Strain into glass half filled with ice
½ oz. (15ml) Grenadine
A few drops of tiki bitters.
Fill the hallowed lime half with Bacardi 151. Float the half lime of 151 in the cocktail. Light. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Use the straw to sink the burning lime. Then use the straw to immediately drink the cocktail.
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sometimes lilith revels in doing exactly what would have been expected of her, because it’s the last which anyone would have expected, and it’s too much trouble, at the end of it all, really - playing strictly against type was just playing into type, and she’s had enough of that a long time ago.
so yes, eve and her, they set up shop in the dark heart of the city of angels, yes, so the flaming cocktails were a little much, yes, so the music had been calibrated by lucifer himself, whom, if nothing else, had a flair for some truly sick beats - but this wasn’t a seduction to the underworld they were offering, not in the least.
no, what they offered was a taste of temporary chaos.
both the divine and mortal alike claimed all they ever wanted was meaning, all they ever desired was to feel part of His grand plan. but she and eve knew something they didn’t - that meaning was overrated, that sometimes even writing your own story got too tangled up in the parameters set too thoroughly to slice through. sometimes, a shot of alcohol set alight with flames imported specially from down below; and some lighting effects borrowed from several choice supernovas millions of galaxies away, and of course, the crushed bones of a few false prophets lining the walls as requisite blood sacrifice that would make god turn his face away with disgust from this tiny corner of the universe at least for a few centuries - and they were set.
an escape. a choice. that’s what lilith and eve offered, and it was only the fool who refused their sharp smiles that beckoned you into a doorway you hadn't quite noticed was there before.