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Napoleonic Pride In A Glass

Jun 23, 2011
Napoleonic Pride In A Glass
This French cocktail is small yet layered with flavor and powerful.

the_napolean_cocktailToday is a particularly notorious date in French history. 199 years ago today, Napoleon invaded--rather, attempted to invade--Russia. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and we know that Napoleon really should have behaved more in line with the general sentiment of his countrymen, and just chilled out with a nice, cold drink.

So to commemorate what should have been, we bring you the Napoleon Cocktail, a delicately flavored tawny-orange concoction that packs as strong of a punch as Napoleon's army, but won't have you second-guessing your decisions as Napoleon did nearly two centuries ago.

The Napoleon was crafted by renowned mixologist Harry Craddock of London's Savoy Hotel. Introduced in 1921, this drink features Dubonnet Rouge, a sweet red-wine based apertif originally created for the French Foreign Legion (if you can't find Dubonnet Rouge, red Lillet will work just as well). Like Napoleon himself, this is a small drink with a lot of power. So limit yourself to one of these, lest one of the longest days of summer--the solstice was this past Tuesday--disappear faster than Napoleon's troops in the Russian tundra.

• 2 Oz. gin
• 1/2 Oz. Grand Marnier
• 1/2 Oz. Dubonnet Rouge or Lillet Rouge

Put spirits in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or onto rocks in an old fashioned glass.

If you don't have Grand Marnier, you can substitute in orange liqueur such as Triple sec or Cointreau. For a bit more summer flair, garnish with a lemon twist or add a splash of fresh lemon juice.

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