3⁄4 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Aromatized wine, Lillet Blanc
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1 rinse Absinthe

Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass rinsed with absinthe


Jim Meehan, PDT recommends Plymouth gin and Pontarlier absinthe. Originally, this calls for 1/4 wineglasses (=1/2 oz) of each.


The Savoy calls for a dash of absinthe, rather than the more modern rinse.

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Posted by Dan on
Created by
Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail
Is an
authentic recipe

Savoy Cocktail Book, pg. 52

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  • Tangy, light and refreshing. Lots going on. Top drink. With Cocchi and Plymouth.
  • could do with tsp of simple syrup but not necessary. — ★★★★
  • Some of these classics don't meet modern tastes but this one is top notch! Used Herbsaint which I imagine gave it more licorice but still a 5 star. I can tell that absinthe would push it even higher.
  • Sub the Lillet Blanc for Cocchi Americano; sub .25oz of the lemon for Plymouth sloe gin
  • Have used Cocchi Americano & Manuel Atxa; great w/both but Atxa adds bitter interest. Also like Bittermen's Orange Cream. Generally add less Cointreau (1oz gin / 1oz lemon / 0.75 Cointreau / 0 75-1 Vermouth), two sprays absinthe from atomizer. — ★★★★★
  • Made with Botanist gin and & PF Dry Curaçao. Heather liked it but thought it was a bit too tart
  • I will use Cocchi Americano
  • Prefer Cochin Americano
  • Delicious. A good alt version of this from Alicia Perry of San Diego’s Polite Provisions is 1oz Plymouth Gin, and .75oz each of Lillet, Cointreau and lemon juice, .25oz simple syrup. Worth a try.
  • -it's too sweet right now, try 1/2 oz lemon juice or dash more gin -variation: try subbing Creole Shrubb + Bonal Gentiane Quina
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Must use Cocchi Americano, not Lillet Blanc.

Kina L'avion D'or works as well instead of lillet blanc.

bza commented on 11/25/2014:

This is my in-laws' favorite cocktail. I made it for them once and they loved it so much that they bought all the ingredients and my father-in-law now has a card with the recipe printed on it so he can get it made at any bar they go to.

Lesson: make this for people who don't drink a lot of cocktails.

I enjoy this cocktail quite a bit. My version is an oz of each element and the dash. I will have to try it with the rinse. This is particularly great after a day working in the yard, because that is when this corpse needs reviving.

Old raj gin , Kina avion d'or, Pierre Ferrand Curaçao