20th Century

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20th Century

Said to be created by Charles A. Tuck, Head Bartender at Piccadilly Hotel in London, First published in 1937 in Café Royal Cocktail Book by William J. Tarling.

This cocktail from the early 1900’s is said to have been named after the 20th Century Limited rail line which ran from New York City to Chicago which began running in 1902. It was advertised as “The Most Famous Train in the World.” It was aimed at and upper-class and business travelers and this drink would have definitely been suitable for the experience.  It is strange that a celebration of a New York train ride would have been celebrated by two English bartenders in Picadilly, London. Perhaps the drink was inspired by their longing to ride it? Or maybe just a celebration of the century they were living in. Perhaps we will never know.

The drink itself is perhaps a slight variation on a Corpse Reviver #2 or at least similar in its style. This one adds chocolate to the experience. It may seem like a strange combination, but it is far more balanced and subtle than one might expect!


1 ½ oz London Dry Gin

¾ oz Kina Aperitif

½ oz Creme De Cacao

¾ oz Lemon Juice



Coupe or Cocktail Glass

Garnish with Lemon Peel

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