What is the oldest cocktail in the world?

By Mcknij | Dread's Drinks Recipes! | 21 Feb 2021

For the last couple centuries mankind the world over has imbibed the sweet refined taste of a well mixed drink....but what was the first? Well a quick google search pulls up the classic cocktail the Sazerac. The Sazerac was invented by Antoine Peychaud in 1838 in New Orleans and consisted of whiskey or brandy, sugar, absinthe and Peychaud's bitters. Although the Sazerac is most definitely a very old cocktail is it the oldest as the quick google search suggested? Well in a word, no.

The Sazerac's roots go back further to a basic cocktail formula from 1806 which would later go on to inspire not just the Sazerac but also Old Fashioned too. But why argue over a three decades for such minute alterations in the recipe, surely there must be an even older cocktail out there? One that bares no relation to spirit forward Sazerac or Old Fashioned. Well in my research I've come across two candidates, the first is sailors grog. Grog was usually a mixture of rum, water and citrus juice which was given to sailors as a daily ration from as early as 1756. However the run away winner is the mojito, whose roots go all the way back to the 1586 when Sir Francis Drake was anchored off the coast of Cuba. It is purported that Drake introduced a medicinal drink shown to him by the locals consisting of a crude can spirit (an early precursor to rum), water, lime juice and mint. For a long time would be known as the Draque until the 1800's when the cane spirit was replaced with rum and became the mojito. 

If anyone knows of any mixed drinks older than this please let me know I would love to hear from you! Sláinte!


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