The prominent New York physician and politician Samuel Mitchill described this bitters-less version of one of the first cocktails in an 1820 temperance lecture; it still cocks the tail.

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Dr. Mitchill’s Cocktail Dr. Mitchill’s Cocktail
Invented by a prominent New York physician in the early 19th century, this honey and rum concoction makes for a wonderful winter nitecap.
Yield: makes one cocktail
Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 12 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
  • 1 large ice cube
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish


  1. In a 6-oz. tumbler, stir honey with 12 oz. hot water until the honey dissolves. Pour in rum, 1 oz. cold water, and 1 large ice cube. Stir well and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.