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 6/06/2010
Created by
Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail
Is an
authentic recipe

Savoy Cocktail Book, pg. 52

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  • Without the Absinthe rinse and perhaps in different ratio, this is the South Slope I had at Pistache in West Palm Beach
  • Truly great after a day of working out in the yard because that is when this corpse needs reviving. Version I've been using is 1oz of each & a dash. I will have to try the rinse.
  • Would like to try with Cocchi Americano Rosa and either gin or tequila.
  • Gin- sweet, sour
  • Excellent. Made with cocchi and Plymouth. My favorite use of gin so far. Could probably handle a bit more absinthe as per notes.
  • I use a little heavier hand with the gin, and a little less with the triple sec. (I prefer dry curacao over triple sec.)
  • Made with Plymouth gin and Cocchi Americano. Delicious! — ★★★★★
  • Year Round Gin Use Ford's gin
  • MUST use Cocchi Americano instead of Lillet Blanc.
  • A great sour, enhanced by the absinthe rinse. I can understand the rationale behind more absinthe, to add back notes. I also garnished with a twist.
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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.

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