|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 7g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The Twentieth Century cocktail is a somewhat forgotten little gem in the list of classic drinks. It's a brilliant cocktail that brings together a few unlikely companions and has come back into fashion as more aficionados get a taste of its elegance.
While you may not think that gin, chocolate, and lemon work well together, this recipe offers a pleasant surprise. The mix of gin and crème de cacao is amazing and, as Gary Regan points out in "Joy of Mixology," the lemon "acts as a foil to the sweet liqueur." Adding the elegance of Lillet Blanc brings it all together to create a timeless sour drink.
The genius behind the Twentieth Century was British bartender C.A. Tuck, according to William J Tarling's 1937 "Cafe Royal Cocktail Book," a compilation of drinks from the bars of London. Though it has British origins, the inspiration for the cocktail is American. The 20th Century was a famous passenger train that ran between New York City and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. Known for its elegant travel accommodations and opulent dining experience, the cocktail is a fitting match for the luxurious rail travel that inspired it.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce white crème de cacao
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, pour the gin, crème de cacao, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice. Fill with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- You can vary the accent ingredients to suit your taste. Many people enjoy 3/4 ounce of Lillet Blanc and 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. Others up the lemon in the recipe to 3/4 ounce, keeping the other two at 1/2 ounce for a cocktail that's rather tart.
How Strong Is a Twentieth Century Cocktail?
When it comes to the strength, this cocktail is a little lighter than the original gin martini and similar to other drinks of this style. It should shake up to 25 percent ABV (50 proof), which is pretty potent. Enjoy this one slowly and that shouldn't be an issue, though.
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, you can use Cocchi Americano rather than Lillet Blanc. The chocolate flavor comes from Amaro Meletti, an herbal digestif that is flavored with anise and saffron and still has a finished flavor reminiscent of chocolate. The chocolate mole bitters accent this aspect quite nicely.
- To make it, shake 1 1/2 ounces of gin, 3/4 ounce of either Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc, 1/2 ounce of Amaro Meletti, and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice with a dash of Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole Bitters and ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.