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Valentine Cocktail: The Red Lion

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 13, 2016

This cocktail traces its roots all the way back to 1933 when Arthur Tarling of the London’s Café Royal created a simple gin recipe which won a cocktail competition in jolly old England. The recipe he created, the Red Lion, mixed equal parts gin, orange liqueur, and a combination of lemon and orange juice. In most constructions I have seen online, a dollop of grenadine is used as the sweetener which gives the cocktail a pale red hue which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Red Lion SAM_2425Tarling’s recipe has stood the test of time, and can usually be found in the gin section of most good cocktail books.

The Red Lion

1 1/2 oz Gin
1 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Orange Juice
3/8 oz Grenadine
ice
Lemon twist

Add the first five Ingredients into a cocktail Shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon zest twist

And of course enjoy responsibly!

If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Note: Tomorrow I tackle the Presbyterian Cocktail made with Catto’s Rare Old Scottish Blended Scotch.

Enjoy the Valentine’s Weekend everyone!

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