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20th Century

20th Century 1.000
Feb 11, 2011

This cocktail was named for the futuristic redesign of the 20th Century Limited train in 1937. It's an odd mix of flavors, with tangy lemon followed by a finish of chocolate.

The original recipe calls for 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, which Spirits columnist Jason Wilson thinks is way too much. He suggests adding an extra 1/4 ounce of the white creme de cacao if you'd like more chocolate flavor.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Twist of lemon peel, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, Lillet Blanc, creme de cacao and lemon juice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

Twist the lemon peel over the drink to release its essence, then drop it in as garnish.

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Adapted from "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails," by Ted Haigh (Quarry Books, 2009).

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 160

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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