Alaska Cocktail


Alaska CocktailAnother classic, pre-prohibition cocktail.  I have no idea what it has to do with Alaska!  As Paul Clarke points out: “The Savoy Cocktail Book, where this drink appeared in 1930, is less than helpful in illuminating the drink’s origins: ‘So far as can be ascertained this delectable potion is NOT the staple diet of the Esquimaux. It was probably first thought of in South Carolina hence its name,’ according to the book.”  I suggest trying this with Hendrick’s gin.  The Yellow Chartreuse really plays with Hendrick’s botanicals.  However, for a more original version use a London Dry, such as Ford’s.  Where ever its origin and whichever gin, the Alaska Cocktail is worth trying.

  • 1 ½ oz. Hendrick’s or Ford’s Gin
  • ¾ oz. Yellow Chartreuse
  • Dash Orange Bitters
  1. Chill a cocktail glass with ice and water
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice
  3. Strain into chilled glass
  4. Garnish with lemon twist



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