20th Century Cocktail

20th Century Cocktail
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Gin, with its captivating blend of botanicals and juniper, has carved a special place in the world of spirits. It stands as a versatile and beloved muse for cocktail enthusiasts, earning its reputation as an essential spirit for crafting many classic cocktails like the Negroni, gimlet, and wet martini.

The 20th Century Cocktail is often described as an understated gem, characterized by its intriguing integration of flavors. This cocktail consists of four ingredients: gin, Lillet Blanc, white crème de cacao, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The combination of these ingredients results in a drink that is both luxurious and balanced, with a flavor profile that is simultaneously complex and approachable.

According to historical records and mixology lore, the 20th Century Cocktail was first introduced to the world by British bartender, Charles A Tuck, as chronicled in William J. Tarling’s 1937 book “Cafe Royal Cocktail Book”.

Gin, the base spirit of this cocktail, gives a crisp and refreshing quality to the cocktail. The botanical notes and juniper undertones provide a solid foundation for the other ingredients.

Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif wine, that has subtly sweet, and slightly floral notes that complement the botanicals in the gin, creating a refined blend.

The addition of white crème de cacao, a chocolate liqueur, introduces a subtle hint of cocoa to the cocktail, infusing it with a touch of sweetness.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice provides a refreshing burst of citrus to balance the sweetness and richness of the other ingredients.

The 20th Century Cocktail, with its exquisite balance of flavors and its nod to the golden age of cocktails, has endured as a classic cocktail. Its revival in recent years is a testament to the timeless appeal of well-crafted cocktails and the ongoing appreciation for the artistry of 20th-century mixologists.

20th Century Cocktail Recipe

  1. 45 ml gin

  2. 15 ml white creme de cacao

  3. 22.5 ml Lillet blanc

  4. 22.5 ml fresh lemon juice

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: a lemon twist

20th century cocktail recipe

How to Make The 20th Century Cocktail

  1. Add the gin, white creme de cacao, Lillet blanc, and fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice.

  3. Shake for about 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  4. Strain the mix into a coupe glass.

  5. Garnish with a lemon twist, and serve.