Blackthorn Cocktail

May 18, 2013 (Day 9) – Blackthorn Cocktail

Pre-Prohibition cocktails and post-Prohibition cocktails tend to share a lot of similarities. Whereas the development of cocktail recipes seems to outpace a good number of other culinary crafts, those few decades with nothing but speakeasies seems to have somewhat stunted the creation of a new generation of cocktails.

Today we’re looking at 1920s The World’s Drinks and How to Make Them – Standard Authority by Hon. William (Cocktail) Boothby. 

Flickr: MetaGrrrl

We tend to have a soft spot for classic cocktails if only because they have shittons of liquor in them. Sure, your bar may take a hit on product, but you know that your clients are truly getting what they paid for. That’s the way we roll here at Cocktails, 365.

Blackthorn Cocktail


  • 1.5 oz dry vermouth
  • 1.5 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1.5 oz Sloe gin
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon peel for garnish

Into a mixing glass of cracked ice pour a jiggerful of equal parts of French vermouth, Italian vermouth, and Sloe gin, add a flavor of Orange bitters and a drop or two of Angostura bitters. Stir until very cold strain into a stem cocktail-glass, squeeze a piece of lemon peel over the top and smile.


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