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Time for a Drink: Turf Club Cocktail

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When it comes to cocktail genealogy, the martini has a pedigree that's as murky as that of a stray dog. Nobody knows for sure when or where it was created (be suspicious of those who say they do) and the annals of late 19th and early 20th century mixology are full of assorted prototypes and variations that are part of the martini's extensive family tree.

Here's one that's kind of fun: the Turf Club Cocktail. There are several versions of this drink floating around the old books, and it was certainly being mixed and poured before the dry martini settled into its identity.

This recipe is adapted from the one that appears in the Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930, and listed in an Imbibe feature about gin I wrote for the magazine's current issue. The drink was suggested to me by Eric Alperin from The Varnish in Los Angeles--it has a suave potency of flavor and rightly demonstrates gin's appealing qualities. Not that a good gin needs any help in the lovability department.

Turf Club Cocktail

About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.

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