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Historic Cocktails: whiskey based cocktail with Seagram’s 83

To continue with our historic cocktails, this time we bring Seagram’s “83” 7 year old, a pure Canadian rye whisky.

The recipes of our column are compiled directly from the book “puis le gas y dit“, by the Distillers Corporation Seagrams Limited of Montreal.

The recipes included in this book were found and tasted in law firms of connoisseurs, hotel club experts and world-renowned hotels of the time. Divided into five parts according to the spirit base from gin, Scotch whisky, Canadian and American rye to bourbon.


Seagram’s 83 7 year old rye whiskey

Marketed for the first time in 1887, this rye whiskey has become a reference when it comes to Canadian whiskey. In fact, Seagram introduces blend whiskeys in Canada, and because of its acquisition of the distillery, it launches in 1887 to commemorate this purchase a special blend: the Seagram’s 83 7 years old. This whiskey became the best seller of the distillery, and around 1890, No.83 was one of the most popular Canadian whiskeys in America.

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In this page of “puis le gas y dit…” our protagonist and his friend, assist at the inauguration of the first voyage of a big ship. “But it was so big that I think it was a piece of the city…you’d walk in there like in a hotel… ”

Back at the club, “there was a good reason for a warm-up shot… he’d been freighting in there … so my guy said ‘this is Seagram’s 83, this is what we need‘…”.


Seagram’s ’83 whiskey cocktail


Old-fashioned Cocktail 

As served at New York’s famed Manhattan Club.”

1 sugar cube dissolved in :

1/4 glass of water

2 lines of Angostura Bitters

60ml of Seagram’s 83

1 piece of ice

1 piece of lemon peel

Shake and Serve.

Sparkling Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Foamer half-filled with ice

One egg white

The juice of a lemon

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

1 1/2 shot glass of Seagram’s 83 Rye

Shake well; pour into a large glass and serve with soda.


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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