Savoy Special
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Savoy Special
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.59 / 5
Originally featured in Harry Craddock’s famous 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' of 1930. A quote in the book says: "Peter, ninth Earl of Savoy, brought to England, as his wards, eighty-three ... more Originally featured in Harry Craddock’s famous 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' of 1930. A quote in the book says: "Peter, ninth Earl of Savoy, brought to England, as his wards, eighty-three of the most wealthy and beautiful girls in France. He then married them to the most powerful nobles in England. That is why he wore armour." Although the quote is likely more accurately referring to the picture in the book, not the drink!
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Savoy Cockail Book
Cocktail Of The Day
Base ingredient
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Dry gin
Garnish
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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32% | 2.88 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Savoy Special

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Add a lemon peel twist garnish and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Twist  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the significance of shaking versus stirring when preparing the Savoy Special?

Shaking the Savoy Special, as opposed to stirring, helps to chill the cocktail more rapidly and introduces a slight dilution which is crucial for balancing the strong flavors of dry gin, absinthe, and red vermouth. Shaking can also add a pleasant texture to the drink by aerating it slightly.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use another type of vermouth if I don't have red vermouth for the Savoy Special?

Yes, you can substitute red vermouth with a sweet white vermouth if necessary. It will alter the flavor profile slightly, making the cocktail a bit lighter and possibly sweeter, but it remains a valid substitution when red vermouth is not available.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glass for serving a Savoy Special?

The ideal glass for serving a Savoy Special is a chilled cocktail glass. This type of glass showcases the cocktail's color and ensures it stays cold for longer, enhancing the drinking experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in the Savoy Special compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 32%, the Savoy Special falls into the higher range compared to many classic cocktails, which typically have an alcohol by volume (ABV) between 20% to 30%. This makes it a stronger choice, suitable for those preferring a drink with a bit more kick.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What are some customization ideas for making the Savoy Special my own?

To customize the Savoy Special, consider experimenting with the ratios of the ingredients depending on your taste preference. For example, adding more grenadine will make the drink sweeter. You could also try using a different type of gin, such as an Old Tom Gin for a slightly sweeter profile, or adding a lemon twist garnish for a citrus aroma.

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