Stork Club

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Cocktail History

The Stork Club is a classic gin cocktail that was created during American Prohibition. The recipe is traditionally made with gin and multiple types of citrus, and it was named after the New York City bar that was “the nightclub of choice” for Hollywood stars from the late 1920s through the mid 1960s. According to historians, the gold chain out front that was lifted for society’s elite as they entered the club is what made it famous.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is a spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Prairie Organic Spirits Gin because it has a classic juniper flavor with notes of citrus and spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin.

Triple Sec: This is a liqueur made with bitter oranges, lemons, sugar, and alcohol. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality orange liqueurs on the market. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur.

Tangerine Juice: This is the liquid juice of a tangerine. We used freshly squeezed tangerine juice.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Orange Bitters: This is a food product made with oranges, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Angostura Orange Bitters. For a mocktail version of this drink, try All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters.

Lime Slice: This is a slice of lime that has been cut into a half wheel shape.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

The Stork Club features aromas of tangerine and other citruses and the botanical taste of the gin mixed with sweet and sour citrus.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The vintage recipe in the book called for too much tangerine juice, in our opinion, which in true Prohibition-era fashion would’ve masked the taste of the gin. We decided to pare it down a bit to bring out the other flavors, and the result is a tasty, fruity, and yellow-hued cocktail that we both enjoyed and would make again.

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Recipe

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

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The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
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AuthorThe Art of Vintage Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Tangerine Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lime Slice

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, tangerine juice, lime juice, orange bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Tangerine Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lime Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, tangerine juice, lime juice, orange bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime slice.

Stork Club

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin, Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur, and All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Classic Cocktails

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

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Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

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Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe

Bee’s Knees: A gin cocktail made with honey syrup, lemon juice, and a lemon wheel

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