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The Cocktail College Podcast: The 20th Century Cocktail

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Today’s drink heads to London with noteworthy stops in New York and Chicago as we explore the 20th Century Cocktail. Admittedly, the name is a bit of a mouthful — it’s a nod to the 20th Century Limited, “The Most Famous Train in the World,” according to advertisements. The train ran from New York to Chicago from 1902 to 1967, and it provided one of the most luxurious ways to travel to the Midwest. Red carpets were rolled out when passengers lined up to board; gents were welcomed with a carnation and dames with a spritz of perfume. On board, there was a restaurant, a café, and even a nightclub.

It might be the only train with a cocktail named after it, so we can only imagine how spectacular the 20th Century truly was. Its reputation was so far-reaching that the cocktail wasn’t even created in the U.S.: It was invented in London by a British bartender named C.A. Tuck.

The cocktail itself is essentially a Gin Sour variant, but it’s one of the few drinks that incorporates crème de cacao with resounding success. It shows us that chocolate liqueur can exist outside the realm of dessert cocktails. Who would have thought?

To give us the rundown on this drink’s history as well as how to make it — especially since one of its ingredients was discontinued in the ‘80s — we’re joined today by Meredith Barry, the co-owner and operator of Platypus and New Society in St. Louis. All aboard, tickets out, and tune in for more.


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Meredith Barry’s 20th Century Cocktail Recipe


1 ½ ounces gin, such as Hayman’s or Plymouth
¾ ounce Cocchi Americano
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce crème de cacao, such as Tempus Fugit
2 dashes (1 dropper) saline solution
Garnish: lemon twist


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake until well chilled.
Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

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