Stork Club

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Cocktail History

The Stork Club is a classic gin cocktail that was created during Prohibition and named for the New York City bar of the same name 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 the base spirit. We decided to use Prairie Organic Gin for its smoothness and botanical flavor with notes of citrus and spices.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Tangerine Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors. We couldn’t find tangerines when we made this recipe so we used Califia Farms Pure Tangerine Juice.

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

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor to balance out the other ingredients. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Lime Slice: This the garnish. It adds more fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

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.

Recipe

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

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$47.00

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

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 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 ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime slice.

Stork Club

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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:

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

 Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

 Martinez: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and orange bitters

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