This section is from the book "The Steward's Handbook And Guide To Party Catering", by Jessup Whitehead. Also available from Amazon: Larousse Gastronomique.
One-half pint water with 3/4 lb. sugar, peel of 2 lemons, little cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves; all simmered, strained, and 1 bottle brandy, juice of 2 lemons, very hot; set on fire in bowl, and served burning.
"The latest drink, and the one that is all the rage in Saratoga, is the 'Philadelphia cooler.' It was first made by bartender A. D. Kibbe, who has mixed beverages at the United States for fourteen years; but it can be got at either of the three other first-class bars. As it is made of champagne, and costs something like a dollar a drink, it fitly represents the two main characteristics of the season - champagne drinking and extravagant pleasures. There never was so much money on tap at Saratoga as at present, and the interest taken in champagne by the drinkers is phenomenal. With the King of the Dudes backing one brand, Monsieur L,ippa treating to another, and a private individual rushing his favorite simply because he believes it better than any other and does not want the fact overlooked, there has been enough wine drank to float a ship. The drink called the ' cooler' is prepared by half-filling two big glasses with cracked ice, putting in a little mint and two lumps of sugar, pour half a pint of champagne on top, and squeezing the mint with a crusher or mixer until its essence pervades the champagne.
After a night spent in drinking coolers the average dude can find his way to bed - if one of the porters steers him correctly".
Is the latest American drink.
According to Electrical Review, a flexible lead from the electrolier ends in a platinum curl. A trifle of sugar is added to the fluid, the platinum curl lowered into it, and the current turned on to make the curl red-hot. A small amount of the alcohol and sugar is carbonized, and the resulting burned-sugar flavor is said to be very delicate. It promises to be a fashionable winter-beverage, and can be made cold or hot".
Sugar, whisky, ice and Apollinaris water.