The Biter Cocktail – Savoys Superior Version of the Last Word

I’m a big Last Word fan but i kinda like this one a little better. This peridot colored cocktail is a perfect balance of gin, herbal and citrus flavors. the little bit of absinthe is what makes the drink. There are a few cocktails that have made big comebacks, like the last word or holland house, and i wouldn’t mind if this one did too. I pulled this from the Savoy. Again this one is very similar to the last word but I like it a little more. It’s boozier and more complex. Not much else to add so I will give a general history of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel. First published in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, this little gem was one of the many great cocktails coming out of London in the 1920s and 30s. For obvious reasons, most of the great cocktails invented during the American Alcohol Prohibition (1920-1933) came from Europe. Many bartenders who wanted to keep mixing moved to either the UK or France and started working at American style cocktail bars. Harry Craddock was born in England but moved to America in 1897 to practice bartending. In 1920 he moved back to England and began working at The American Bar inside the Savoy Hotel, where he is credited with inventing some of the world’s most famous cocktails. Established in 1893, The American Bar is the bar credited with bringing the American style saloon/cocktail bar to Europe.

Biter Cocktail
Biter Cocktail

Biter Cocktail ingredients:

  • 45 mls (1.5 oz) Dry Gin
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) Green Chartreuse
  • 10 mls (2 tsp) Simple Syrup
  • 10 mls (2 tsp) Lemon Juice
  • 2 mls (2 dashes) Absinthe

Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Strain into glass to remove ice shards

ABV = 36%

Originated from London, UK


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