Joy of Cooking‘s Gin Cocktail

Joy of Cooking's Prohibition-era Gin & Juice.

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“It might surprise casual readers of the Joy of Cooking to learn that the first recipe that appears in the first edition (published during Prohibition, in 1931) is for a juiced-up Gin Cocktail meant to mask the flavor of bathtub gin. It’s accompanied by a note that reads: “Most cocktails containing liquor are made today with gin and ingenuity. In brief, take an ample supply of the former and use your imagination.'” This is the Joy of Cooking‘s Prohibition-era gin and juice, updated for the modern home bartender.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash bitters (Angostura)
  • 1 dash bitters (Angostura)

Garnish: grapefruit section

Directions
  1. Prepare a rocks glass with a grapefruit section and lightly sprinkle it with sugar.
  2. Add all ingredients together in a mixing glass and shake.
  3. Strain over ice in the rocks glass.
  4. "Serve with Hot Cream Cheese Canapés or some other appetizer."