Lucien Gaudin Recipe

Maggie Hoffman

Ah, gin—how wonderfully versatile you are. While gin-based summer drinks typically utilize the spirit in fizzy, citrusy, minty mixtures, gin functions under another identity as the base for intensely flavorful drinks such as the Contessa and the Last Word. True, these are lovely year-round drinks, but sometimes a summer evening calls for something sharp and crisp. Whiskey and brandy won't do in such situations, and rum is better built for the lounging-in-a-hammock style of summer drinks. For these moments, it's gin, and preferably in a mixture that has a flavor as potent as the spirit.

Introducing the Lucien Gaudin. Named for an early 20th century French Olympic fencer, the Lucien Gaudin starts off in the manner of a Negroni by combining gin with Campari. With the addition of Cointreau and dry vermouth the result is a pleasantly bitter drink that is simultaneously rich and dry--a challenging flavor to create which is all the more enjoyable because of its rarity.

Recipe Details

Lucien Gaudin Recipe

Active 3 mins
Total 3 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 ounce gin

  • 1/2 ounce Campari

  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau

  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. A twist of orange peel is not out of place here.

Special equipment

Cocktail strainer and mixing glass

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 15mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)