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Timeline

1786

Antonio Benedetto Carpano is the first to produce commercial vermouth in Turn, Italy. His recipe was known as "rosso" or sweet vermouth. Vermouth is a very popular ingredient in many cocktails today.

1796

Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert is born at Grob Walditz in Silesia (modern-day Germany)

1800

Frenchman Joseph Noilly introduces a white-wine based 'dry' vermouth

1803

The term 'cocktail' appears for the first time in print in the New Hampshire Farmer's Cabinet

1806

The first published definition of the cocktail appears in the Balance and Columbian Repository

1820

Dr. JGB Siegert departs Germany with his family and settles in the small town of Angostura ("the narrows") in Venezuela, South America. He joins Simon Bolivar's Liberation Army and is appointed Surgeon General

1824

Dr. JGB Siegert develops his world famous secret recipe for Angostura® aromatic bitters. It is originally used as an elixir to cure soldiers' stomach ailments

1831

The first published cocktail recipe is written by Captain J.E. Alexander. It calls for the use of bitters.

1850

Dr. Siegert begins to export Angostura® aromatic bitters to England, the Caribbean and the USA.

1856

The term 'mixologist' appears in print for the first time published in a story by Charles Leland in an issue of "Knickerboxer" (a New York literary journal)

1859

The Sazerac Cocktail is invented in New Orleans, USA

1862

Don Carlos Siegert (son of JGB Siegert) exhibits Angostura® aromatic bitters in London, England. The Pink Gin Cocktail is created


Jerry Thomas publishes the first cocktail recipe book, "The Bartender's Guide: How to mix Drinks"

1870

Following the death of Dr. JGB Siegert, the Siegert family chooses to relocate to the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Here the sons, Don Carlos, Luis and Alfredo continue to establish the Angostura® aromatic bitters business and also begin to dabble in the distillation of rum

1873

Angostura® aromatic bitters wins the Medal of Excellence at the Grand Exhibition in Vienna, Austria

1874

The Manhattan Cocktail is invented at the Manhattan Club, New York at a banquet to celebrate the election victory of the Governor (Tilden).

1876

Angostura® aromatic bitters is awarded gold medals for product excellence at the World Trade Fairs in Philadelphia, USA

1882

Harry Johnson publishes his famous cocktail recipe book- "The Bartender's Manual"

1887

Jerry Thomas lays claim to creating the Martinez Cocktail, widely regarded to be the predecessor to the Martini

1896

Jennings Cox, an American Engineer working in Cuba, invents the Daiquiri

1900

Col. James E. Pepper claims credit for creating the Old Fashioned Cocktail and the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky

1911

The first Dry Martini recipe is mixed at the Knickerboxer Hotel in New York by head bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia. This original recipe called for orange bitters

1915

Ngiam Tony creates the Singapore Sling at the Long Bar inside Singapore's Raffles Hotel

1916

The Aviation Cocktail is created by Hugo Ensslin at New York's Hotel Wallick. The last significant cocktail before Prohibition in the USA

1920

Prohibition (the Volstead Act) is introduced in the USA, banning the production, sale and serving of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol and cocktails is forced 'underground'

1931

While the US cocktail industry languished under Prohibition, Europe flourished with many 'American-style' Cocktail Bars opening everywhere. Harry's Bar opens in Venice and was soon to become the birthplace of the Bellini

1934

Prohibition is repealed, by this time all other bitters produced in the USA ceased to exist. Only Angostura® aromatic bitters is strong enough to endure prohibition.


Cocktail culture swiftly re-emerges in the USA with Esquire magazine publishing "the 10 best cocktails of 1934". Vodka appears in a cocktail recipe in the US for the first time

1937

Victor Bergeron opens his famous "Trader Vic's" restaurant in Oakland, California

1944

Victor Bergeron creates the famous Mai-Tai Cocktail

1946

The Moscow Mule is created by John G. Martin and Jack Morgan at the Cock n' Bull Restaurant in Los Angeles. It is believed that this cocktail helped to kick-start the vodka craze.

1954

Rum returns to the mainstream in such drinks as the PiƱa Colada, attributed to the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1967

For the first time, vodka is consumed more than Gin in the USA.

1979

The Long Island Iced Tea is created by Robert 'Rosebud' Butt

1987

Dale De Groff reopens the Rainbow Room in New York

1995

Harry Denton reopens the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco

2005

Salvatore Calabrese opens Salvatore at Fifty in London. He is a modern-day legend having published 11 books to date.

2008

Angostura launches its orange bitters, the company's first innovation in almost 200 years. It is already considered the best orange bitters on the market

2009

A shortage in the glass bottle for Angostura® aromatic bitters causes a temporary shortage in availability of product. Bartenders panic around the world but the problem is quickly resolved.

2011

Andy Griffiths of Melbourne Australia wins the Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge and becomes the Global Brand Ambassador for Angostura® aromatic bitters

2012

Angostura launches a limited edition bottle and gift canister for Angostura® aromatic bitters to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee anniversary.

2013

Club 23 bartender Joel Heffernan of Melbourne, Australia crafts the world's most expensive cocktail the "Winston" beating Salvatore Calabrese's "Legacy" into second place. Both drinks contain Angostura® aromatic bitters. The "Winston" is valued at £8,167 per drink.

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