The Blessing Of Sir Wilfrid Lawson
“His first experiment was at the Astor House bar in New York, when he went in for a brandy cocktail. To see the waiter mix the cocktail was a sight to remember. It was like conjuring. He dabbed first one ingredient and then another into a glass, then poured it out into another glass, infused an effervescing element, poured it backward and forward until it assumed a beautiful froth-like form, and finally served it up with a handful of ice. Barnacles described it as nectar, and, as he quaffed it, invoked the blessing of Sir Wilfrid Lawson [a British temperance leader].” Two Sides of the Atlantic by James Burnley, 1880.