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


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.

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 version 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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