This drink is believed to be first printed in “The Savoy Cocktail Book”, but this is not true. Here is an early printing of this drink:
Scribner’s magazine: Volume 60 – Page 148 by Edward Livermore Burlingame, Robert Bridges, Harlan de Baun Logan in 1916
“You take so much gin, so much lillet, a dash of orange juice, plenty of cracked ice, throw ’em together, and shake. Where’s the mystery?” “The same that’s in a silver sunrise, or in poetry.”
Silver was a term associated with fizzes and meant the drink contained egg white. Although, the silvers, goldens, and royals were soon to fall out of style during this timeframe. It is important to note there is no other association with “silver” in terms of mixology until several decades later. So speculative, this drink either originally contained egg white or the term silver applied to some other ingredient. Perhaps, silver meant Lillet Blanc, given it’s light color. This is undetermined and there is no literature supporting this claim.
It is believed that this drink was created in some establishment on the actual Abbey road. This very well might be the case, but the timeframe is undetermined. Certainly the Beatles Rock Band album of the same name pushed the drink into it’s peak popularity as it is still frequently ordered today.
This drink dates between 1900 – 1913 and was originally called a Silver Sunrise, it contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients with cracked ice:
Gin (Likely Old Tom)
Maraschino Cherry (Modern)
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.