The Atty Cocktail

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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 Rutte Dry Gin
2/3 fl oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry
1/24 fl oz Crème de violette liqueur
1/24 fl oz La Fée Parisienne absinthe
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Review:

My recipe remains pretty true to Craddock's classic 1930's proportions but in line with modern bartending conventions, I now disregard Craddock's instructions and stir rather than shake this cocktail. However, arguably, shaking yields an even more delicious drink and, if you decide to shake, consider doubling the measures of both crème de violette and absinthe. Shaken, or stirred, this Martini-style cocktail is dry and aromatic with subtle floral and aniseed notes.

History:

Adapted from Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book:
"Atty Cocktail
¼ French Vermouth.
3 Dashes Absinthe.
¾ Gin.
3 Dashes Crème de Violette.
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
"

Many of the recipes in Craddock's 1930 book are borrowed from Hugo-R-Ensslin's 1917 Recipes For Mixed Drinks (the last major pre-Prohibition cocktail book) and, while there is no Atty cocktail, there is a cocktail called Attention in Ensslin's book which shares the same ingredients, listed in the same order, as the Atty but in misbalanced (equal parts) proportions:
"Attention Cocktail
¼ French vermouth
¼ Absinthe
¼ Gin
¼ Crème de Violette
Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve.
"

Due to the similarities, some have concluded that Ensslin's Attention inspired Craddock's rather better Atty cocktail.

Nutrition:

There are approximately 158 calories in one serving of The Atty Cocktail.

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