The Gilbert
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The Gilbert
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.81 / 5
The drink was invented by Steve Gilbert in a London pub called Ferry Boat Inn on a random night out with his friends when celebrating one of his friend’s 31.5th ... more The drink was invented by Steve Gilbert in a London pub called Ferry Boat Inn on a random night out with his friends when celebrating one of his friend’s 31.5th birthday. Since then the drink has become well-known everywhere around the world. Just ask any bartender and experience the joy on their faces while they make one!
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Microbadges

Base ingredient
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Bailey's
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22.5% | 4.05 units *

Brandy glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a The Gilbert

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour Baileys and Disaronno Amaretto over a cube of ice in a brandy glass
Stir and serve

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is The Gilbert stirred and not shaken?

The Gilbert is stirred instead of shaken to prevent over-dilution and to maintain the silky texture of the Bailey's. Stirring gently combines the Bailey's and Amaretto while preserving their rich flavors, making the drink smoother.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of The Gilbert compare to other creamy cocktails?

The Gilbert has an alcohol content of 22.5%, which is relatively moderate for creamy cocktails. Compared to other popular creamy cocktails like the White Russian or Irish Coffee, The Gilbert falls in a similar range, offering a balanced alcoholic strength that's neither too strong nor too light.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve The Gilbert to enhance its flavors?

The Gilbert is best served in a brandy glass to concentrate its aromatic compounds, enhancing the drink's flavors. Serving it cold, but not over ice, prevents dilution, while a gentle stir before serving ensures the ingredients are well-mixed and chilled, offering the best tasting experience.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use any brand of Bailey's and Amaretto for The Gilbert, or are specific brands recommended?

While The Gilbert can be made with any brand of Bailey's and Amaretto, using higher quality brands may enhance the cocktail's flavor profile. The original Bailey's Irish Cream and a reputable brand of Amaretto like Disaronno are recommended for their superior taste and consistency, but feel free to use your preferred brands according to your taste and budget.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any recommended twists to the traditional recipe of The Gilbert for a unique flavor?

For a twist on the traditional The Gilbert, consider adding a splash of coffee liqueur or a sprinkle of cinnamon on top before serving. These additions can introduce new layers of flavor, complementing the creamy and nutty notes of the original ingredients. Experimenting with a dash of vanilla extract or using almond milk in place of Bailey's for a lighter version can also offer a unique take on the classic.

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