Although mixology may seem like a word that has recently become fashionable, it actually dates back to the 18th century and first appeared in 1987 according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Without having a copy of the original edition, it's impossible to be sure if the word mixology appears in the text or where it appears, although Google Books certainly suggests that it is somewhere. In the mid-19th century, the popularization of cocktails was initiated by the waiter and bar owner Jerry Thomas, often considered the founder of mixology. Nobody knows yet what the cocktails of the future will be like, but it is certain that the mixologists of tomorrow will have a wonderful time changing things.
Examples of the title “mixologist” in connection with the profession of waiter go back even further. It is also interesting to find multiple references to “well-known mixologists” from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Even so, it makes you smile to know that celebrity waiters are no more a modern creation than the title of mixologist. Like molecular gastronomy, the very essence of cocktail making seems modern but, in some ways, also outdated, as a reminder of that brief era after the Internet, but before smartphones, when waiters and chefs achieved modern stardom.
In recent years, innovative bars and modern speakeasies have led to a cocktail revival, and the United States has fallen in love again. The term mixologist seems to be inextricably linked to sophisticated equipment, such as rotary vaporizers and liquid nitrogen, and to delicate techniques, such as acid adjustment. Thomas was undoubtedly a pioneer, but he was just the first in a long list of mixologists who used their creativity and passion (and sometimes open fire) in their quest to create the perfect cocktail. As the epicenter of the craft cocktail revolution, the dark atmosphere and timeless style of Death %26 Co reflect the brand's aesthetic, as well as the owners' approach to contemporary cocktail making.
Many modern mixologists have looked to the past and have been inspired by bitters and shrubs, which use botanicals and bark to add depth and balance to cocktails. Nobody knows where the word comes from, although it originally referred to a single type of mixed drink, it is now a general term for mixed drinks in general. By codifying the measures and experimenting with mixing strategies to combine ingredients, in addition to discovering which flavors complement each other, Thomas laid the foundations for the cocktail and cocktail making of the next century.