Arsenic & Old Lace

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (32 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
1 fl oz Strucchi Bianco Vermouth
1/12 fl oz La Fée Parisienne absinthe
1/12 fl oz Crème de violette liqueur
1/3 fl oz Chilled water
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Review:

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.

History:

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
"

Alcohol content:

  • 1.9 standard drinks
  • 25.7% alc./vol. (51.4° proof)
  • 27 grams of pure alcohol
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