White Lily Cocktail – 1934 Harry Craddock’s Savoy Recipe

What didn’t Harry Craddock invent? As I am writing this I can’t believe how many cocktails in this app are from that man. I first had this cocktail at my favorite bar in San Francisco, The Comstock, and was blown away. This cocktail was first published in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in the 1930s. In fact 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, or elsewhere 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.

White Lily Cocktail
White Lily Cocktail

White Lily ingredients:

  • 30 mls (1 oz) Dry Gin
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Orange Liqueur
  • 30 mls (1 oz) White Rum
  • 4 mls (4 dashes) Absinthe

Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass. Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink. Strain into glass.

ABV = 42%

Originated from London, UK


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