Virgin Cocktail

Virgin Cocktail
1/3 Forbidden Fruit Liqueur. (1 tsp. Home Made Forbidden Fruit)
1/3 White Crème de Menthe. (1/2 tsp. Brizard Creme de Menthe)
1/3 Dry Gin. (1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin)
(3/4 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

The Savoy’s likely source for this gem of a cocktail was likely Harry McElhone’s 1928 “ABC of Cocktails”. In his book “Barflies and Cocktails”, he notes this is a “Recipe by Pete Ormart”.

I’ve no idea who Pete was or where he worked, but oof, that certainly sounds like a recipe for slightly grapefruity Mouthwash.

I did my best to slightly mitigate the damage by lengthening the recipe with French Vermouth and decreasing the amounts of the liqueurs, but it was still far too minty for me. Maybe just a glass rinse of Menthe would be enough?

Though, there is a bit of similarity between this and Harry McElhone’s original recipe for the White Lady:

White Lady
1/6 Brandy
1/6 Creme de Menthe
2/3 Cointreau
Shake well and strain.

So maybe he just liked that sort of thing, or at least thought White Ladies and Virgins did.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.