Old Etonian recipe
1¼ oz. wine barrel aged gin
1¼ oz. Cocchi Americano
¼ oz. Crème de Noyaux
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Stir ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
This Old Etonian is vastly improved by the use of an aged gin, especially those aged in barrels that formally contained wine. Try it with East London Liquor Company Barrel Aged Gin (Moscatel), Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve (red and white wine), or Tattersall’s Barreled Gin (white wine).
History of the Old Etonian Cocktail
The drink name refers to the alums of Eton College— who were referred to as “Old Etonians.”
From Petits et Grans Verres (1929). Though said to be popular in London during the 1920’s, this is one of its earliest appearances in a cocktail book.
From Approved Cocktails (1937). Notice that the original called for Kina Lillet— a key ingredient James Bond’s famous Vesper, which is no longer produced in the modern day.
From Aged Gin Cocktails (2019).