The Empire Cocktail

After a brief hiatus from the Savoy Cocktail Book, we are back with another drink from that classic compendium. The Empire cocktail is yet another drink based around a 2:1 ratio of gin to apricot brandy. There seem to be a lot of these; it must have been a very popular combination back in the 1920s. I can’t really find any information about this drink, outside of the fact that it appears in the Savoy, so I guess we’ll just get right to the recipe:

1/2 gin

1/4 apricot brandy

1/4 Calvados

Stir with ice until chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


This is better than some of the gin/apricot brandy cocktails, and not as good as others. The Calvados definitely cuts down on some of the sweetness that the apricot brandy tends to bring, and makes this a pretty strong drink as well, but the apricot is still the dominant flavor. It lacks a little in complexity but has a nice balance between the three ingredients. It’s really very pleasant in a very unremarkable sort of way. Four livers.


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