Dempsey

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (17 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Photographed in a

Bespoke Nick & Nora

Garnish:

Skewered Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Calvados / apple brandy / straight applejack
3/4 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
1/6 fl oz Grenadine/pomegranate syrup
1/24 fl oz La Fée Parisienne absinthe
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Review:

Depending on your grenadine, this cocktail ranges from blush pink to barely coloured and the flavour will also vary. The colour is immaterial, but nail the balance, with absinthe tamed by grenadine but still assertive, and you've a delightful, spirituous aperitif or late-night sharpener.

History:

Recipe adapted from Robert Vermeire's 1922 Cocktails How to Mix Them. The Dempsey also appears in Harry MacElhone's's Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails published the same year and is repeated in his 1923 Harry of Ciro's ABC Of Mixing Cocktails. Both MacElhone's books attribute this cocktail's creation to "Fred. Martin, Casino, Deaville, 1922" while Vermeire says "this drink was introduced at Deauville, 1921." Built in 1912, Casino Barrière de Deauville is an elegant palace of slot machines, crystal chandeliers and marble in Normandy, France.

Vermeire, and indeed the drink's name, reference a boxing match dubbed the "Fight of the Century", which saw Jack Dempsey (world heavyweight champion) knockout Georges Carpentier (world light-heavyweight champion) in the fourth round. The bout took place on 2nd July 1921 at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, USA, and was the first boxing fight to produce $1,000,000 dollars in revenue.

Dempsey Cocktail
Fill the shaker half full of broken ice and add:
2 dashes of Absinthe
1 teaspoon of Grenadine
1/6 gill of Gin
2/6 gill of Calvados
Shake well and strain into cocktail-glass. This drink was introduced at Deauville, 1921, after Dempsey's victory over Carpenter.

Robert Vermeire, Cocktails How to Mix Them, 1922

Dempsey Cocktail.
⅔ Calvados, ⅓ Gin, 2 dashes Grenadine, 1 dash Anis del Osa.
(Recipe by Fred. Martin, Casino, Deauville, 1922.)

Harry MacElhone, Harry of Ciro's ABC Of Mixing Cocktails, 1923.

Nutrition:

One serving of Dempsey contains 180 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.7 standard drinks
  • 32.31% alc./vol. (64.62° proof)
  • 23.8 grams of pure alcohol
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