Army & Navy
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Army & Navy
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Rating

4.15 / 5
The Army & Navy cocktail is a classic and sophisticated drink that strikes the perfect balance between the sharpness of lemon juice and the smooth, aromatic profile of dry gin, ... more The Army & Navy cocktail is a classic and sophisticated drink that strikes the perfect balance between the sharpness of lemon juice and the smooth, aromatic profile of dry gin, complemented by the subtle sweetness of orgeat syrup. With a hint of complexity added by Angostura bitters and a unique touch with the inclusion of saline solution, this cocktail offers a rich and nuanced flavor experience. Served in a cocktail glass, the Army & Navy presents an elegant choice for those seeking a refined and spirited beverage. Its roots in cocktail tradition make it a timeless choice for enthusiasts and novices alike, perfectly embodying the craft of cocktail-making. This drink is ideal for exploring classic cocktails with a twist, making it a must-try for anyone looking to enrich their cocktail repertoire.
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Dry gin
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24.49% | 2.4 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Army & Navy cocktail is a delightful dance of citrus and almond that nods to its classic roots while offering a twist. The sharp zest of lemon juice beautifully contrasts the deep, nutty flavor of orgeat syrup, with a backdrop of dry gin enhancing the overall complexity. The hint of saline sharpens the flavors, providing a crisp finish, making this concoction a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate a well-rounded drink with historical charm.

Method
How to make a Army & Navy

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First, gather all your ingredients and combine them in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 10-15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker feels cold and frosted
Then, grab a fine strainer and place it over your pre-chilled glass
Carefully pour the shaken mixture through the strainer into the glass, ensuring a smooth pour without any ice bits
Finally, take a moment to admire your work before enjoying your perfectly crafted cocktail

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Army & Navy cocktail?

The Army & Navy cocktail is believed to have originated in the early 20th century. It is a variation of the classic sour cocktail format, utilizing gin as its base spirit. The use of orgeat syrup gives it a distinctive flavor, distinguishing it from other sour cocktails. The exact origins are a bit murky, but it's thought to have been favored in both military circles, hence the name.

FAQ

How does the saline solution affect the taste of the Army & Navy cocktail?

The saline solution in the Army & Navy cocktail enhances its flavors without making it taste salty. Just a couple of drops can make the other ingredients more vibrant, brightening the citrus notes from the lemon juice and complementing the sweetness of the orgeat syrup. Saline solution acts as a flavor enhancer, similar to using salt in cooking, by balancing and binding the flavors together.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of bitters in the Army & Navy cocktail?

Yes, you can use a different type of bitters in the Army & Navy cocktail to experiment with its taste profile. While Angostura bitters are traditional and provide a well-rounded complexity with their spicy, herbal qualities, other bitters such as orange bitters or Peychaud's can add a new dimension to the drink, infusing it with different aromatic notes and flavors.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Army & Navy cocktail?

To make a non-alcoholic version of the Army & Navy, you can substitute the dry gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or seedlip that mimics the botanical flavors of gin. You'll still use the lemon juice, orgeat syrup, Angostura bitters (note: some bitters may contain a small amount of alcohol), and saline solution. This provides a similar taste experience without the alcohol content.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the significance of using orgeat syrup in the Army & Navy?

Orgeat syrup, with its sweet yet slightly nutty flavor derived from almonds, is a key ingredient in the Army & Navy cocktail that sets it apart from other sours. It adds a depth of flavor and a hint of luxury, contributing to the drink's unique profile. Orgeat's rich, aromatic nature complements the sharpness of the lemon juice and the botanical notes of the gin, creating a balanced and sophisticated cocktail.

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