How to Make The 20th Century Cocktail

Good food has always been a source of ageless pleasure and fun and so are good drinks. The century took a turn but some classic cocktails still manage to find their way into our kitchens and bars and leave us totally enthralled. Named after a train, the 20th century Limited Train which ran between New York and Chicago, this gem of a drink was conjured by a genius bartender C.A Tuck in 1937. Here is a cocktail that is purely enthralling with a fuse of gin, lemon, Lillet and creme de cacao. It was first published in the Cafe Royal Bar Book in 1937. 20th century cocktail goes with the theme of the train it is named after – opulent. Prepare it for yourself, your partner or the whole part crowd- it will never disappoint you.

Preparation time: 3-5 minutes
Serving size: 1 person (top up the ingredients for required amount)
Utensils needed: Tall cocktail glass, Electric shaker

Ingredients needed:

– 1 ounce dry gin
– 3/4ounce creme de cacao
– 3/4ounce fresh lemon juice
– 3/4 ounce dry vermouth (If you can get your hands on some Lillet, it is just going to make your drink better. Vermouth is easier to find and serves the purpose well.
– Lemon slice, skin peel or zest for garnishing
– Crushed ice for chilling
– umbrella wedges


  • 1

    Add crushed ice to the shake to chill the interior up. This in turn will lead to a chilled drink.

  • 2

    Pour in the ingredients in the amounts mentioned above and shake vigorously to make sure they are mixed well to give an even taste.

  • 3

    Take out your best martini glass from the cabinet, chill it with ice cubes and strain the cocktail into it. Make a taste check. Add a little fresh lemon drops if you want to sizzle it up more.

  • 4

    Now comes the fun part. Peel lemon skin into curls and let it float over the glass. Another option is to go with the traditional safe garnish of a lemon slice. Love those tiny umbrellas? They will look adorable on the martini glass. Try them.

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