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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  • Interesting NYTimes piece suggests absinthe up to scant teaspoon. http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/case-study-cocchi-americano-waking-the-dead/
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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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