October 24: Sheffield F. C.

Sheffield_FCOn this day in 1857, the world’s first organized football (soccer) club, Sheffield F. C., was first established. Of course, being the first organized team in any sport always carries with it a few problems, chief amongst those being that you don’t have any opponents to play against. So, in the early days before another team showed up, the members of Sheffield F. C. would play amongst themselves in “Married vs. Singles” and “Professionals vs. the Rest” matches.

Sheffield F. C. played with their own set of rules, including the first instance of the implementation of a free kick after a player has been fouled. By 1863, there were 15 clubs in the Sheffield area including  Hallam F. C., with whom Sheffield has football’s oldest rivalry. When the Football Association was established, Sheffield F. C. was a charter member.

Despite all these historic achievements, Sheffield’s squad hasn’t been competitive since the rise of professional teams in the mid-1880s. That said, their historic importance is worth celebrating, So, let’s celebrate the birth of the first football club with an Ace of Clubs. Created as the house cocktail of the Manhattan restaurant the Ace of Clubs. It’s a delicious variant on the Daiquiri, with a touch of crème de cacao.

Ace of Clubs

  • 2 ounces Gold Rum
  • 1/2 ounce White Crème de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 dash bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tomorrow: A cubist master, and a cubist cocktail.


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