Knickerbocker
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Knickerbocker
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The Knickerbocker was a hit for a couple decades in the mid 19th Century and for some strange reason it has been in the shadows since. The Knickerbocker was a hit for a couple decades in the mid 19th Century and for some strange reason it has been in the shadows since.
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Base ingredient
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White rum
Garnish
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Lime, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry
Alcohol content
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27.95% | 3.07 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
75ml 2½oz 7.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
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Method
How to make a Knickerbocker

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail glass filled with ice and shake well well
Strain into an ice-filled lowball glass
Garnish with a lime half filled with raspberries, blackberries and bueberries, and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Knickerbocker cocktail?

The Knickerbocker is a classic cocktail with roots dating back to the mid-19th century. It is believed to have originated in New York City, named after the descendants of the Dutch settlers, known as 'Knickerbockers'. The drink gained popularity in the United States and was one of the earlier examples of a cocktail that combined fruit flavors with rum, a testament to the creativity in cocktail crafting during that era.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Knickerbocker shaken and not stirred?

The Knickerbocker is shaken rather than stirred to fully integrate its diverse ingredients, particularly the lime juice and raspberry syrup. Shaking creates a more homogenous mixture, introduces aeration, and achieves a desirable dilution and chilling effect. This technique ensures that the flavors are well blended and the cocktail is served cold, enhancing its taste and texture.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for the Knickerbocker?

To garnish a Knickerbocker elegantly, consider adding a lime wheel or a fresh raspberry atop the drink. You can also use an orange peel for a fragrant citrus twist. For a more decorative approach, skewer a couple of raspberries with a small sprig of mint and place it on the rim of the glass. These garnishes not only add visual appeal but also complement the drink's fruity and citrus notes.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Knickerbocker?

The best way to serve a Knickerbocker is in a lowball glass, chilled to enhance the flavors of the ingredients. Pre-chill the glass before adding the shaken mixture to maintain the cocktail's cold temperature. Serve it promptly after shaking to ensure it's enjoyed at its coldest and most refreshing state. This serving method highlights the drink's complex flavors and makes it more enjoyable.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Knickerbocker if I don’t have them all?

Yes, you can substitute ingredients in the Knickerbocker to suit your availability or taste preferences. If you don't have raspberry syrup, you may use grenadine or a simple homemade raspberry puree as alternatives. For a different twist, consider using Cointreau or Triple Sec if you don’t have orange liqueur. Remember, substitutions may slightly alter the original flavor profile, but they can still result in a delicious cocktail.

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