Fourth Degree

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (7 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 fl oz Gin
1 fl oz Ambrato/ambre/amber vermouth
1 fl oz Strucchi Rosso Vermouth
4 dash La Fée Parisienne absinthe
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Review:

One of those cocktails where a 'bland' dry vermouth just won't do. Don't go big on the rosso but go for it on the dry vermouth. Dash your absinthe judiciously and you'll have a delicious variation on a Perfect Martini.

History:

The Fourth Degree Cocktail first appears as a blanche absinthe-based cocktail (without gin) in Jacques Straub's 1914 book Drinksalong with the attentive name, "Feather Cocktail".

Fourth Degree Cocktail.
Feather Cocktail.

1/3 jigger French vermouth.
1/3 jigger Italian vermouth.
1/3 jigger white absinthe.
Shake well.

Jacques Straub, 1914

It then appears in Harry McElhone's 1922 Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails with two versions: a gin-based cocktail with dashes of vermouth but no rosso (sweet) vermouth; and the Fourth Degree we recognise today. He repeats the cocktail a year later in his 1923 Harry of Ciro's ABC of Mixing Cocktails but with the first version omitted.

Fourth Degree Cocktail.
1/3 Gin, 1/3 French Vermouth, 1/3 Italian Vermouth, 4 dashes of Absinthe.

Harry McElhone, 1923

Nutrition:

One serving of Fourth Degree contains 179 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.3 standard drinks
  • 20.67% alc./vol. (41.34° proof)
  • 18.9 grams of pure alcohol
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