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The Turf Club Cocktail: a surprisingly modern classic

The Turf Club Cocktail is a classic cocktail that was most likely first created in the late 1800s at the Turf Club in New York City.

This elegant cocktail combines genever, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and maraschino liqueur to create a delicious and sophisticated drink that is perfect for enjoying on a night out.

The Turf Club was a social club for wealthy New Yorkers, located near the racecourse in Saratoga Springs. It was a popular destination for horse racing enthusiasts and was known for its luxurious atmosphere and exclusive membership. Some if its famous patrons included William Collins Whitney, August Belmont Jr., James R. Keene and Cornelius Vanderbilt II. It was at this club that the Turf Club Cocktail was first created, and it quickly became a favorite among the club’s members.

The key ingredient in the Turf Club Cocktail is genever. When the rich and malty flavor of genever is combined with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and maraschino liqueur, it creates a delicious and complex flavor profile that is both sweet and spicy. The orange bitters add a subtle bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the vermouth and liqueur, while the maraschino liqueur adds a hint of cherry flavor that complements the maltiness of the genever.

Today, the Turf Club Cocktail is a classic cocktail that is enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts around the world. Its unique flavor profile and sophisticated character make it a perfect drink for any occasion, whether you’re sipping it at a fancy bar or enjoying it at home with friends. The Turf Club Cocktail has stood the test of time and has been enjoyed by cocktail lovers for over a century. Its complex flavor profile and elegant character make it a drink that is sure to impress, no matter who you’re serving it to.

The Turf Club Cocktail is deceptively easy to make and really brings out the flavor of Eden genever, as you can judge for yourself:

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml Eden Genever
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash maraschino liqueur
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the genever, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and maraschino liqueur to the mixing glass.
  3. Stir the ingredients together until well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
  6. Enjoy!