Six Cylinder
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Six Cylinder
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Rating

4.56 / 5
The Six Cylinder won first prize in the Paris Cocktail Championship, held at the Claridge (Paris) on December 2nd, 1928. It was created by Raymond Latour. The Six Cylinder won first prize in the Paris Cocktail Championship, held at the Claridge (Paris) on December 2nd, 1928. It was created by Raymond Latour.
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Gin
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Lemon
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25.8% | 2.32 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Six Cylinder is a harmonious blend of herbal and bitter notes, with just the right touch of sweetness from Cherry Brandy and Dubonnet, making it a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate complexity in their cocktails. Its layered flavors, stirred to perfection, offer a veritable palette of tastes where the dryness of the vermouth balances beautifully against the bold bitterness of Campari, achieving a classic cocktail experience that's stood the test of time.

Method
How to make a Six Cylinder

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Adding ingredients to a mixing glass over ice and stir, before straining into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the best method to stir the Six Cylinder cocktail to achieve its optimal taste?

The best method to stir the Six Cylinder cocktail is to use a long spoon, ideally a bar spoon, in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir gently yet thoroughly for about 20-30 seconds to ensure the drink is well-chilled and properly diluted without being over-diluted. This method helps to maintain the cocktail's strength and nuanced flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredient in the Six Cylinder cocktail without significantly changing its taste?

While the unique blend of ingredients in the Six Cylinder is designed to create a specific taste, you can make minor substitutions if necessary. For instance, if you don't have Dubonnet, you might use a similar aperitif wine, like Lillet Rouge, while keeping in mind that each substitution may slightly alter the cocktail's taste. Strive for substitutes within the same category (e.g., one aperitif for another) to maintain the cocktail's balance.

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Six Cylinder cocktail?

The Six Cylinder cocktail doesn't have a well-documented origin story available in mainstream cocktail literature or resources, suggesting it might be a modern creation or a less-known classic. Its name hints at automotive inspiration, possibly signifying a robust and powerful drink, much like a six-cylinder engine represents efficiency and power in cars. Without specific historical or origin data, the focus remains on its unique blend of ingredients.

FAQ

How do you properly serve the Six Cylinder cocktail in a cocktail glass?

After stirring the Six Cylinder cocktail with ice to chill and dilute it correctly, strain it into a cold cocktail glass. The glass can be pre-chilled in the freezer or by filling it with ice water before pouring the drink. No garnish is traditionally specified for this cocktail, so serving it without garnish focuses on its rich color and complex flavors. Pouring the drink through a fine strainer can also ensure a smoother texture by removing ice shards.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What makes the Six Cylinder cocktail unique compared to other gin-based cocktails?

The Six Cylinder cocktail stands out due to its equal-parts combination of six different ingredients - gin, cherry brandy, Campari, red vermouth, white vermouth, and Dubonnet. This composition offers a complex and balanced taste profile that is both bitter and sweet, herbal, and fruity. Unlike many other gin-based cocktails that might lean heavily towards citrus or juniper flavors, the Six Cylinder provides a more intricate and layered drinking experience, making it unique in the gin cocktail repertoire.

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