The first time you were served a bottled cocktail you either balked at the bartender’s laziness or were amazed by its streamlined serviceability. Whatever you felt, though, you couldn’t argue with the results: With a pop of the cap, your Negroni was in your glass, seconds after you ordered it—and it was perfect. Bottling cocktails not only makes bartending easier, it also takes the chaos and guesswork out of mixing drinks.
Though they might seem trendy now, bottled cocktails certainly aren’t new. One of the first bottled cocktail recipes dates back to 1862 and can be found in Jerry Thomas’s revolutionary cocktail tome, How to Mix Drinks Or Bon Vivant's Companion. The appropriately named Thomas’ Bottle Cocktail was a variation on the traditional Brandy Crusta without the lemon juice or sugared rim.