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Recipe: Gossamer Cocktail

A gossamer cocktail is a light, delicate drink made with gin, sweet French vermouth, orange juice and grenadine syrup. This style of drinks was particularly popular during the 1920s in both Europe and North America, as gin was the most popular spirit available, and French vermouth was used as a mixer much more frequently. This recipe makes one gossamer cocktail, served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass with a fresh orange wedge for garnish.

Ingredients and Tools:

Cocktail shaker

Crushed ice

1 oz. gin

1 oz. French vermouth

½ oz. orange juice

½ oz. grenadine syrup

Chilled cocktail glass

Orange wedge, for garnish

Step 1:

Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice.

Step 2:

Add the gin, French vermouth and grenadine syrup to the cocktail shaker.

Step 3:

Cover the cocktail shaker and shake gently for 5 to 10 seconds. Don’t shake too hard; you don’t want to bruise the gin.

Step 4:

Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled cocktail glass.

Step 5:

Garnish the cocktail with a fresh orange wedge and serve.


Use fresh Seville orange juice if the oranges are in season in your area. Freshly squeezed orange juice is always best, but if you can’t get or make it, use the most natural orange juice available.


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