White Cargo

Adapted from Here's How! by Judge Jr. (1927)

This proto-ice cream cocktail, from the 1927 book Here’s How!, boasts a method that’s dangerously easy to commit to memory—equal parts gin and vanilla ice cream, shaken (without ice!) until incorporated. “Here’s a concoction that’s endorsed by all the ice cream manufacturers,” reads the recipe, which suggests adding a hit of white wine to the tin if your results are too thick. “And, take it from me, it’s a rare beverage!”

Originally written as simply “1/2 vanilla ice cream, 1/2 Gordon water [gin]” the below measurements are only approximations, attempt at your own risk.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • white wine, to top (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and dry shake without ice until thoroughly mixed.
  2. If the consistency is too thick, add water or white wine.
  3. Pour into a glass of your choice.