Who was Lutkins? Probably a bartender or a regular customer, but those are only suppositions. And why are so many of these cocktails “special”? Do they really deserve such an appellation? Were these types of monikers just sales ploys? After all, a Lutkins special sounds quite a bit better than a Lutkins. Anyway, this is another from the venerable Savoy Cocktail Book, and is essentially a variation on the martini.
1/2 dry vermouth (Contratto preferred)
2 dashes orange juice
2 dashes apricot brandy
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
It’s drinkable. I know I say this all the time, but you’ll want to use a good vermouth here, since you’re getting a heavy dose of the stuff. The gin and vermouth, as might be expected, battle for supremacy; the gin wins at first, while the vermouth dominates the finish. The apricot brandy and orange juice lend a hint of sweetness and a touch of perfume. Pleasant enough, if somewhat underwhelming. Three livers.