Twentieth Century
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Twentieth Century
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.4 / 5
The Twentieth Century cocktail is a classic drink that exudes elegance and sophistication, making it a perfect choice for cocktail enthusiasts looking to delve into historical mixology. Named after the ... more The Twentieth Century cocktail is a classic drink that exudes elegance and sophistication, making it a perfect choice for cocktail enthusiasts looking to delve into historical mixology. Named after the famous Twentieth Century Limited train, this cocktail beautifully blends the sweet notes of crème de cacao with the aromatic depth of dry gin, enhanced by the crispness of lemon juice and the subtle bitterness of white vermouth. A few drops of saline solution elevate the flavors, balancing the sweetness and acidity to create a harmonious blend. Served in a cocktail glass, the Twentieth Century offers a unique tasting experience that whisks you back to the glamour of early 1900s train travel. With its intriguing flavor profile, this cocktail remains a timeless choice for those seeking a refined and memorable drinking experience.
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Dry gin
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20.22% | 1.82 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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20ml ⅔oz 2cl
30ml 1oz 3cl
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20ml ⅔oz 2cl
20ml ⅔oz 2cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Twentieth Century cocktail is a harmonious blend of contrasting flavors, where the sweet, velvety crème de cacao beautifully complements the sharp, botanical notes of dry gin. The addition of saline solution is a clever touch, enhancing the interplay between the zesty lemon juice and the subtle bitterness of white vermouth, creating a sophisticated, well-balanced drink that truly captures the spirit of its luxurious namesake train.

Method
How to make a Twentieth Century

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by combining all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Ensure you give it a robust shake for about 10-15 seconds or until the exterior of the shaker feels frosted, indicating the ingredients are well mixed and chilled
Once shaken to perfection, proceed by fine-straining the mixture to catch any unwanted ice shards or pieces of herbs, ensuring a smooth drink
Carefully pour the strained concoction into a glass that's been chilled, which helps maintain the cocktail's cool temperature
Enjoy your expertly crafted drink, ideally served immediately to savor its freshness and chilling effect

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Twentieth Century cocktail?

The Twentieth Century cocktail was created in 1937 by British bartender C.A. Tuck. It is named after the 20th Century Limited train service that ran between New York City and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. The cocktail was designed to capture the elegance and sophistication of this luxury train service, and it first appeared in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book.

FAQ

Why is the Twentieth Century cocktail served in a cocktail glass?

The Twentieth Century is served in a cocktail glass to maintain its traditional presentation and to enhance its elegant characteristics. The cocktail glass, often referred to as a martini glass, has a wide brim and a slender stem, which helps to preserve the temperature of the drink by minimizing the heat transfer from the hand to the drink. The shape also allows the aromas of the ingredients to be appreciated fully.

FAQ

How does the inclusion of saline solution affect the Twentieth Century cocktail?

The inclusion of a few drops of saline solution in the Twentieth Century cocktail enhances the drink's flavors without making it taste salty. Saline solution brings out the sweetness and complexity of the other ingredients, such as the creme de cacao and lemon juice, by balancing their acidity and bitterness. It subtly enhances the overall flavor profile, making the drink more rounded and palatable.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What makes the Twentieth Century cocktail unique compared to other gin-based cocktails?

What sets the Twentieth Century apart from other gin-based cocktails is its unique combination of ingredients, particularly the use of creme de cacao alongside dry gin, white vermouth, and lemon juice. This combination offers a distinctive blend of herbal, citrus, and chocolate flavors that's rarely found in other cocktails. Its balance of sweet and tart with a hint of chocolate makes it a unique and memorable gin-based drink.

FAQ

Is the Twentieth Century cocktail suitable for people who prefer less alcoholic drinks?

Yes, the Twentieth Century cocktail, with an alcohol content of 20.22%, can be suitable for people who prefer less alcoholic drinks. It is relatively lighter in alcohol content compared to many classic cocktails, making it a more approachable option for those who prefer drinks that are not overwhelmingly strong but still enjoy indulging in a sophisticated and flavorful cocktail experience.

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