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The 21st Century: A New Gin & Vodka Classic Cocktail

March 7, 2016

 

 

One of my favorite cocktail creations is a drink of elegant simplicity called "The 21st Century". It makes its first official appearance in my memoir:  TALES OF INSOMNIA DESPAIR & THE PERFECT COCKTAIL.  (click on link) 

 

What follows is a brief excerpt from the book (slightly amended):

 

 

I think of that Hitchcock thriller, North By Northwest. And the train, The 20th Century Limited, the luxury liner that went from New York City to Chicago. It existed in a time when travel was romantic and exotic and the stuff of mystery suspense novels and Hollywood movies. And such was the allure, that in 1937, a British bartender by the name of C.A. Tuck created a drink called “The 20th Century”, after the eponymous American train. And in an effort to recapture this bygone era, I created my own updated cocktail called “The 21st Century”. And when I drink it, I imagine myself in the dining car of a cross-country diesel, stylish suit and tie, a mysterious blonde seated across from me, as we tell each other our secrets and lies, and truths that can only be told to a stranger on a train.

THE 20th CENTURY  (invented by C.A. Tuck, London, ca. 1937)

1½ parts Gin
3/4 part Kina Lillet*
3/4 part Light Crème de Cacao
3/4 part fresh-squeezed Lemon juice


Shake over ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

*Since Kina Lillet no longer exists you can use Aperitivo Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc as a substitute.

Now here is my drink. I still can't decide whether I like the gin or the vodka version better...
 

 

THE 21st CENTURY  (invented by  Kevin Postupack, Virginia, USA, ca. 2012)


(Gin Variation)

2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 part St. Germain
½ part fresh-squeezed Lemon juice
1½ parts Schweppes Tonic Water


Shake the first three ingredients over ice. Stir in the Tonic Water. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

 

 

 

THE 21st CENTURY  (invented by

Kevin Postupack, Virginia, USA, ca. 2012)


(Vodka Variation)

2 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part St. Germain
½ part fresh-squeezed Lime juice
1½ parts Schweppes Tonic Water


Shake the first three ingredients over ice. Stir in the Tonic Water. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

 

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