Turf Club
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Turf Club
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4.74 / 5
The Turf Club is a classic cocktail that blurs the lines between sweet, herbal, and aromatic flavor realms, making it a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate the multifaceted nature ... more The Turf Club is a classic cocktail that blurs the lines between sweet, herbal, and aromatic flavor realms, making it a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate the multifaceted nature of mixed drinks. The foundation of the drink lies in its blend of white vermouth and gin, which provides a botanical canvas. The addition of maraschino cherry liqueur brings a subtle sweetness and a hint of fruitiness, while the orange bitters introduce a citrusy spice that complements the spirituous base. Lastly, the absinthe's anise notes lend the cocktail an intricate layer that makes it complex and memorable. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass, the Turf Club is often garnished with a twist of lemon peel and a cherry, adding a final touch of elegance to this storied beverage.
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Gin
Garnish
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Lemon, cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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26.94% | 2.64 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Turf Club is a dance of complexity in a glass, marrying the botanical undertones of white vermouth and gin with the slight sweetness of maraschino cherry liqueur. The dash of absinthe introduces a whisper of anise that intriguingly plays off the citrusy sharpness delivered by orange bitters, crafting a cocktail that's as layered as it is elegant.

Method
How to make a Turf Club

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice
Stir to combine then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist and a charry, then serve

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

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the taste profile of Turf Club cocktail?

The Turf Club cocktail offers a complex taste profile with botanical notes from the gin, herbal and slightly sweet nuances from the white vermouth and maraschino cherry liqueur, and a distinctive sharpness from the orange bitters and absinthe. The overall experience is balanced, with a herbal, slightly sweet, and aromatic flavor.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should the Turf Club cocktail be served?

The Turf Club cocktail should be served in a chilled cocktail glass. It is important to stir the ingredients with ice before straining them into the glass to ensure the cocktail is well-chilled and properly diluted. Optionally, it can be garnished with a maraschino cherry to enhance its presentation and add a subtle fruity note.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Turf Club cocktail if I don't have them?

Yes, substitutions can be made, although they might slightly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail. For example, if white vermouth is not available, dry vermouth can be a possible alternative. If maraschino cherry liqueur is hard to find, a small amount of cherry syrup combined with a touch of brandy could serve as a makeshift substitute. Remember, each substitution will change the taste, so it's worth experimenting to find what works best for you.

FAQ

Is there a specific gin recommended for the Turf Club cocktail?

While no specific gin is indispensable for the Turf Club cocktail, using a high-quality dry gin is recommended because it pairs well with the herbal and bitter components of the drink. Gins with a pronounced botanical profile, such as those with notes of juniper, coriander, and citrus, tend to work particularly well.

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history or origin of the Turf Club cocktail?

The exact origin of the Turf Club cocktail is somewhat nebulous, as is the case with many classic cocktails. However, it is widely regarded as a versatile and enduring cocktail that dates back to the late 19th or early 20th century, associated with gentlemen's clubs and the horse racing community, which is often where its name is derived from. The Turf Club cocktail has evolved over time but remains cherished for its sophisticated balance of flavors.

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