We caught up with the cocktail historian to learn what he had to say about his new book, the world’s oldest cocktail, fruit salads, John Wilkes Booth and his mom’s favorite drink.
The Tom & Jerry–a frothy, rich Christmas-time drink akin to eggnog–was, according to cocktail historian David Wondrich, created in the early 1850s by famed mixologist Jerry Thomas. As legend goes, Thomas refused to make them until after the first snowfall. It may not be Christmas yet, but the snow has fallen, people, so ready your mixers!
And maybe a little punch drunk as well.
From seediness to scenesters, one bartender’s career bears witness to Gotham’s evolving liquor landscape.