Elephants Sometimes Forget

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Cocktail History

The Elephants Sometimes Forget is a classic cocktail that was created by Crosby Gaige in the 1930s and was included in his book Cocktail Guide & Ladies’ Companion. It’s made with the unique combination of gin, cherry brandy, citrus, vermouth, and amaretto liqueur.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We decided to use Prairie Organic Gin for its smoothness and botanical flavor with notes of citrus and spices.

Cherry Brandy: This is the other base spirit. We used Door County Distillery Cherry Brandy for its clean, complex taste with notes of vanilla and florals.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Amaretto Liqueur: This adds nutty almond flavor and sweetens the drink. We went with Amaretto Di Amore because it features strong almond flavors and is nice and smooth.

Orange Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

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

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought this drink is one of those that you may not like at first, but the longer you sip it, the more you crave another taste because the tart, dry flavors are so fascinating. If we made it again, we’d probably use a bit less lemon, but other than that, we highly recommend trying this one if you’ve never had it before.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Cherry Brandy
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Dry Vermouth
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 2 drops Amaretto Liqueur
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add gin, cherry brandy, lemon juice, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4

Top with a few drops of amaretto liqueur.

5

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Cherry Brandy
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Dry Vermouth
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 2 drops Amaretto Liqueur
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, cherry brandy, lemon juice, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4

Top with a few drops of amaretto liqueur.

5

Garnish with lemon twist.

Elephants Sometimes Forget

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More Gin Cocktails

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

 Bramble: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, blackberries, and a lemon wedge

 Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

 Water Lily: A gin cocktail made with triple sec, crème de violette, lemon juice, and an orange peel

 Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

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