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Acacia Cocktail

Acacia Cocktail 1.000

James M. Thresher for The Washington Post

Spirits Jan 13, 2010

Benedictine replaces vermouth in this martini variation, which also calls for kirsch, or kirschwasser, a cherry eau de vie. (You might have cooked with it if you've ever made a traditional fondue.)

According to author David A. Embury, this drink took the first prize at the championship cocktail contest in Biarritz in 1928. He suggests adding more gin and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Spirits columnist Jason Wilson recommends, instead, using the ratio given here and garnishing with a twist of lemon peel.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Beefeater
  • 3/4 ounce Benedictine
  • 1/4 ounce kirsch
  • Twist of lemon peel, for garnish

Directions

Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the gin, Benedictine and kirsch. Stir vigorously for at least 1 minute, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Twist the lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the drink as a garnish.


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Adapted from "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks," by David A. Embury (Doubleday, 1948).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 215


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 8g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 8g

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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