4 cocktails every man should know

La Serre’s new head bartender Henrik Baecklund unearths the history of four drinks every man should know.

April 7, 2016

There are many skills a man must acquire over time. One of them is learning how to make a cocktail. But aside from learning a few recipes, knowledge about cocktails is a great icebreaker. 

Which is precisely why we brought in Henrik Baecklund, La Serre’s head bartender, to give you masterclass on cocktail history.

The Boulevardier

It was mixed by Harry MacElhone at his famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris for an American expat Edward Erskine Gwynne Jr, a nephew of the rail road tycoon Alfred Vanderbilt. Gwynne was editor of the magazine Boulevardier, hence the drink’s name.


There is an ongoing debate about its origins but it’s thought it was created in a small town called Daiquiri on the south east coast of Cuba. American engineers and explorers working in the iron mines wanted a drink to complement their Cuban cigars.


Its ingredients are widely debated among bartenders around the world. I personally think the mystery will remain unsolved for a long time. The first written recipe appeared in the O.H. Byron’s cocktail book, The Modern Bartenders Guide, in 1884.


It’s thought to have been invented around the end of World War I, either in London or The Ritz Hotel in Paris. The first recipes for the Sidecar appeared in Harry MacElhone's 1922 book, Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails.