This is the clearly yummy Claridge cocktail!
I was going to write about the origin of this delicious Claridge cocktail, but my research raised more questions than I had before I started.
Confusion with research
I always thought this cocktail was invented at the Claridge Hotel in the UK.
Umm, according to my research, it wasn’t.
Then I discovered more misinformation. I thought the word cocktail was spoken all over the world. It isn’t. At first I read that it was invented in the U.S. But then I read that it was invented in Mexico. I couldn’t confirm either way. So, I was confused.
I’m running around in circles with my hands waving in the air.
So, I’m not going to talk about where this lovely Claridge cocktail came from or even where the word cocktail originated. What I am going to talk about is my…
Obsession with martinis
You know and I know I’ve spoken about martinis lovingly!
“Oh martini, how I do love thee!”
There are so many different ways to make the classic martini. Gin? Vodka? Amount of vermouth? Dirty or not dirty?
My drink of choice is a dirty vodka martini. I’ve written before that the first martini I ever had was made with gin. I was not a fan, and although I wouldn’t turn one down if someone offered me a gin martini, I wouldn’t order one on my own.
I do like gin in other mixed drinks, though.
There are so many gin drinks available and I’ve made a few for this blog:
One of my favorite gin cocktails is the gin and tonic, though I will probably never make it for the blog. It calls for only two ingredients and it is so easy that it really doesn’t require a recipe. Just limes. ?
But now, we have the Claridge cocktail. If you like martinis you will like the Claridge.
Because I say so.
Even though it is basically 100% alcoholic, it doesn’t taste like it. That’s the beauty of this cocktail. But, that’s also a double edged sword because even though it doesn’t taste like pure alcohol, it is pure alcohol and therefore, it could be dangerous.
Me after drinking one of these delish drinks: “I’d like another Claridge cocktail, please!”
After two: “Gimme one of those Claarige thingies!”
After three: “blurbablurbaClaarii!”
Bartender: “You are shut off!”
My response: “Icaaafeemiib!” Translation: “I can’t feel my lips!”
On to the recipe:
The Ingredients for the clearly yummy Claridge Cocktail
The Claridge cocktail requires dry gin, dry vermouth, Cointreau, apricot brandy and a lemon twist garnish.
First, I fill my cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
I measure out 1 1/2 ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin.
I pour the gin into the shaker.
Now, I measure out 1 1/2 ounces of dry vermouth.
Into the shaker it goes.
I measure out 1/2 ounce of Cointreau.
I sniff the shot and sigh before I pour it into the shaker.
Last up, I pour out 1/2 ounce of apricot brandy.
I place it into the cocktail shaker.
I cut a strip off rind off a lemon and grab my martini glass out of the freezer. Next, I cap the shaker and shake it 10 times.
I strain the liquid into the martini glass.
I take the lemon rind strip, hold it over the glass, twist it, rub the rind against the rim of the glass and drop it into the Claridge cocktail!
Here’s a vertical view of this delish drink.
And the aerial view!
All that’s left is for me to pick up the cocktail and sip it. Yum.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
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- 1 1/2 ounces dry gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
- 1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Cointreu or another orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce apricot brandy
- Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add gin, vermouth, Cointreau and apricot brandy
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times, strain liquid into martini glass
- Take lemon rind strip and twist it over the glass and rub it along the rim, drop it in the liquid
- Lift glass