Appearing in Harry Craddock’s sanctified Savoy Cocktail Book, the Jabberwock comprises equal parts gin, dry sherry and Caperitif, plus orange bitters and a lemon twist. Here, bartender Daniel Godinez puts a personal twist on the recipe.
Retaining the equal part building blocks of the original, he begins with three quarters of an ounce each of dry gin and chamomile-infused manzanilla sherry. The last three-quarter-ounce measure is split evenly between Dolin Blanc vermouth, Lillet and St-Germain.
This trio brings a number of distinctive traits to his version—minerality from the blanc vermouth, viscosity via the Lillet, and a floral bouquet encouraged by the elderflower liqueur. He’s tinkered with the way the citrus is incorporated, too, adding the twist directly to the mixing glass and discarding it after stirring (“that just weaves the lemon into the cocktail”). Lastly, he opts to deliver the orange bitters as a punctuating spritz via an atomizer, so the aroma lingers with each sip.