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Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Garnish:

Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Portobello Old Tom gin
3/4 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 dash Orange Bitters by Angostura
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Review:

This recipe is a very broad interpretation of Ensslin's 1916 original and the Casino recipes that follow in other classic tomes. Although, as Ensslin merely specifies "dashes" of lemon juice, his recipe maybe not be so far removed from mine.

My Casino recipe is close to being an Aviation without crème de violette which is appropriate as Ensslin's book also contains the first know reference to the Aviation cocktail.

Variant:

Blue Moon

History:

The Casino recipe first appeared in Hugo R. Ensslin's 1916 Recipes For Mixed Drinks, written when he was head bartender at New York City's Hotel Wallick which stood at the corner of Broadway and Forty-third Street.

Casino Cocktail
2 dashes Maraschino
2 dashes Orange Bitters
2 dashes Lemon juice
1 drink of Old Tom
Stir well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve with a cherry.

Hugo R. Ensslin, 1916

If you are seeking a Casino more in keeping with Ensslin's recipe, try 45 old tom gin, 5ml maraschino liqueur, 2.5ml lemon juice, and 2 dashes orange bitters, stirred with ice and strained into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.

Ensslin's 1916 book is best known for being the first print reference to the Aviation cocktail and his Casino is essentially a stirred Aviation without crème de violette but a lot more lemon juice.

Harry Craddock repeats Ensslin's Casino Cocktail, almost verbatim, in his 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.

Then, in 1948, my hero, David Embury published his version of the Casino with orange juice in place of orange bitters. Tellingly, instructs to "Follow directions for mixing the Aviation."

CASINO
1 part Maraschino
1 part Lemon juice
1 part Orange juice
8 parts Gin
Follow directions for mixing the Aviation.
Here again it should be noted that at least one recipe book lists, under the name of "Casino" a quite different cocktail made with gin, whisky, Cointreau, slivovitz, and Italian vermouth. Horror of horrors!

David, Embury, 1948

Embury's recipe translates as 40ml gin, 5ml maraschino liqueur, 5ml lemon juice and 5ml orange juice.

Nutrition:

One serving of Casino contains 150 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 27.87% alc./vol. (55.74° proof)
  • 23.1 grams of pure alcohol
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above. Values stated for alcohol and calorie content, and number of drinks an ingredient makes should be considered approximate.

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