Twentieth Century

Classic Twentieth Century Cocktail Recipe
A delicate gin and cacao cocktail, the Twentieth Century has been a great cocktail since the turn of that century. David Loftus/StockFood Creative/Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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The Twentieth Century cocktail is a forgotten little gem in the list of classic drinks.

The mix of gin and chocolate are amazing together and as Gary Regan points out in Joy of Mixology, the lemon "acts as a foil to the sweet liqueur." It seems that the genius behind the Twentieth Century was C.A. Truck, according to William J Tarling's 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book - a compilation of drinks from the bars of London.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Another Twentieth Century Cocktail Recipe

There is another variation of the Twentieth Century Cocktail that has the same flavor profile but makes a few changes to the ingredients.

In this recipe either Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc are recommended as the dry vermouth substitutes. The chocolate flavor comes from Amaro Meletti, an herbal digestif that is flavored with anise and saffron yet it has the finished flavor that is reminiscent of chocolate.

The chocolate mole bitters accent this aspect quite nicely.

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Meletti
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • Dash of Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Prepared and served in the same manner as the first recipe.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 208
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 9 mg
Carbohydrates 13 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)