Defender Cocktail

Difford's Guide
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Coupe glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon


There are approximately 165 calories in one serving of Defender Cocktail.

Styles & Flavours

Defender Cocktail image

Serve in a

Coupe glass


Orange zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 12 fl oz Old Tom gin
1 fl oz Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
13 fl oz Créme de violette liqueur
2 dash Orange bitters

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Our comment:

One of those drinks where the bitter oils from the orange zest twist are crucial to its fine balance.


Recipe adapted from 'Old Waldorf Bar Days' published 1931, which said of this drink, "The name of an American yacht which took care of one of Sir Thomas Lipton's early but seemingly endless Shamrocks'". (Shamrock being the name of Sir Thomas Lipton's fleet of America's Cup racing yachts.)

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