22-05-30 Casino

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

My sophomore and junior years at college were my gin drinking days. It’s not that I was a gin drinker, but my friend Steve Fox was. We consumed plenty of g&ts during those years. Hey, if someone else is providing . . .

The memory I have of those is that they were refreshing.

Next up on my cocktail journey is the Casino. I had never heard of this before. I suspect it is not real popular. I base that upon the Educated Barfly not having made this cocktail during his run.



Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables


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IBA recipe


  • 40 ml Old Tom Gin

  • 10 ml Maraschino Luxardo

  • 10 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters


  • Pour all ingredients into cocktails shaker, shake well with ice, strain into chilled rocks glass with ice.
  • GARNISH: Garnish with lemon zest and a maraschino cherry.

As always, I made this exactly as IBA wrote it. The volume was way short (to use Mom’s vernacular) for my Old Fashioned glass. Also, the ice seemed to just get in the way. Yes, it is hot out. Yes, this is a quenching drink (had there been enough liquid). I also don’t understand wrapping the lemon peel around the cherry for the garnish. I have seen this elsewhere. How is one to eat the cherry?

Anyhow, while nothing wrong with the taste of the cocktail, I began looking about for other versions. Yeah, not one have I come across served this on the rocks. This is a coupe cocktail.

As with many cocktails, recipes vary widely. That’s why I went with IBA thinking there was some standardization there. I have since read that IBA has some strange ratios and I am finding that to be the case.

Made a second one of these using the following:

  • 60ml Ransom Old Tom Gin
  • 5ml lemon juice
  • 5ml dashes maraschino
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

I drop a cherry in as it seems to fit nicely.

The reality is this cocktail is an Aviation without the creme de violet and using Old Tom Gin instead of London Dry. FWIW, while the recipe I used called for Ransom, I used Hayman’s.

Most excellent!

This thing goes down far too easily.

I suspect this would be difficult to order out without instructing the bartender how to make it as I don’t think this is well-known. Then again, why is it in The Unforgettables section of IBA?

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