Cinq à Sept

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Cocktail History

The Cinq à Sept is a holiday cocktail that was created by author Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It uses the gin sour template by pairing the classic’s dry gin, lemon, and simple syrup with frothy egg white, herbal Yellow Chartreuse, and flavorful tonic bitters.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of liquor made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Park Distillery Alpine Dry Gin because it’s distilled from glacier freshwater and spruce tips from a national park in Canada. For a low-proof version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Yellow Chartreuse: This is a French liqueur made by infusing over 130 different herbs and plants with sugar, water, and alcohol. Unfortunately, there’s no true non-alcoholic alternative to Yellow Chartreuse, so you can’t make this a mocktail without altering the taste.

Egg White: This helps to soften the more intense flavors. It also adds body and a rich, silky smooth texture to the drink.

Tonic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. We used The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters.

Lemon Twist: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh lemon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Cinq à Sept starts with aromas of slightly bitter quinine and citrus, and it features a flavor that begins with a bit of muted lemon followed by a slightly sweet and varied botanical garden of flavors. The whole mixture then leaves a hint of Chartreuse and bitterness in the mouth on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While not much about this drink screamed “holiday” to us, we did find it palatable. Despite its odd combinations of flavors, we also thought it would work well for drinkers of any experience level. For that reason, it earns its name as the happy hour drink of choice.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This is a fairly straightforward riff in that it takes a simple template but adds a few completely off-the-wall flavors to the recipe. It certainly achieves its intent with the Chartreuse and tonic bitters working together to add a plethora of different flavors. While the drink retains its identify of a gin sour, its unique elements really help make it different; that being said, none of its flavors really stand out from each other, which means its balance might actually make it come across as a bit dry or one-note to those who aren’t in search of a ton of complexity.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Although definitely a tasty gin drink, nothing about this recipe wowed me, especially when compared to the other incredible holiday drinks we’ve tried this season. I could see the recipe working for cocktail hour given its relative simplicity and palatability, which may be the whole point as could be inferred from its name. But I just didn’t love it, and the only real reason is because I was expecting more from a holiday drink. Without the addition of maybe a spiced syrup or something, you could stick this drink in a modern classic cocktail recipe book, and it would fit right in.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
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AuthorWinter Warmers

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Yellow Chartreuse
 2 dashes Tonic Bitters
 ½ oz Egg White
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, yellow chartreuse, tonic bitters, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Yellow Chartreuse
 2 dashes Tonic Bitters
 ½ oz Egg White
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, yellow chartreuse, tonic bitters, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with lemon twist.

Cinq à Sept

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin to try a low-proof version of this drink.

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that are similar that you may enjoy:

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Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Candy Cane Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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