|5 fresh||Mint leaves|
|2 fl oz||Rutte Dry Gin|
|2 dash||Peach bitters|
|1⁄12 fl oz||Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup (optional)|
|1⁄3 fl oz||Chilled water (optional)|
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in red above.
This Martini-style classic was originally devoid of sugar syrup but the hint of sweetness mellows the gin and balances the bitters. Alternatively, use Old Tom gin and omit sugar. The splash of chilled water in our recipe helps open and stretch this cocktail.
Adapted from Harry MacElhone's 1926 Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails where Harry credits this cocktail to "E. G. de Gastreaux of Canal and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, 1903." Harry also says to "Serve with an olive" but this this accoutrement is omitted when the Derby Cocktail later reappears in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.