Arsenic & Old Lace

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There are approximately 190 calories in one serving of Arsenic & Old Lace.


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Serve in a

Coupe glass


Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1 fl oz Martini Bianco vermouth
1/12 fl oz La Fee Parisienne absinthe
1/12 fl oz Crème de violette liqueur
1/3 fl oz Chilled water

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This Martini-style cocktail needs to be served well stirred in an ice-cold glass. Originally a shaken drink, it benefits from dilution, hence a splash of chilled water in our rendition. Consider adding more water or indeed shaking.


Named after the eponymous 1939 play by Joseph Kesselring which opened on Broadway in January 1941. The story went on to be made into the 1944 film starring Cary Grant.

This cocktail first appeared in Crosby Gaige's 1941 Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion with the following recipe:
"¼ part Absinthe
¾ part Dry gin
3 dashes Cinzano Dry Vermouth
3 dashes Crème de Violette
Shake well with ice and strain into cocktail glass

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