Monday, April 2, 2018


2/3 Plymouth Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater Gin)
2 dash French Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat Dry)
2 dash Orgeat (1/2 oz)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Shake (stir) with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added an orange twist.

For a nightcap two Monday nights ago, I reached for Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 and spotted the Coronation in the gin section that differed from the Coronation Cocktail from the 1905 Hoffman House Bartender's Guide. The Martini with orgeat formula reminded me though of the Pioneers' Remembrance which also had absinthe in the mix. As for the name, two possible British coronations around the book's range include the 1902 crowning of Edward VII and the 1911 one with George V; the latter one was already captured in cocktail lore with the King George V so perhaps he was the more tipple-worthy one.
The Coronation gave forth an orange, pine, and hints of almond nose that came across as almost tropical. Next, a creamy white grape sip slid into gin and nutty orgeat flavors on the swallow with a floral orange finish.

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