Millionaire No.1

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171 calories

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Serve in

Coupe glass

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UB Retro Coupe 1920 7.75oz


Lime or apricot slice/wedge

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

3/4 fl oz Overproof pot still rum
3/4 fl oz Rutte Sloe Gin
3/4 fl oz Giffard Abricot du Roussillon
2/3 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/6 fl oz Giffard Grenadine syrup


High proof pot still rum funk, along with a decent quality apricot brandy and sloe gin is key to the success of this full-flavoured red cocktail.


Recipe adapted from Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. Craddock also lists a "Millionaire Cocktail (No.2)" as follows:
"1 Dash Anisette
The white of 1 Egg
1/3 Absinthe
2/3 Dry gin
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass."

In his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Embury's says "At some bars a drink served under the name of "Millionaire" which consists of lime juice, slow gin, and apricot brandy, with a few dashes of Jamaica rum. Since the sloe gin, which is a liqueur, predominates in this drink, I do not regard it as a true cocktail." Embury is more complimentary of what he calls a "Millionaire Royal", proclaiming it to be "a very satisfactory drink."

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