Perfect for cold wintry nights, the 1919 cocktail is a drink that should definitely be on your radar. Bringing together gin, Campari and Vermouth, it’s the ideal drink for warming you up, despite being a cold drink. I usually drink this throughout the Christmas holidays but, given the cold climate of the UK, it’s a drink that you can sip on almost all year round.
For me this drink is the winter version of the Aperol Spritz. Which I’m sure most you will have heard of as it’s become a bit of a Summer staple drink for most of us! The 1919 isn’t something that you usually come across on a cocktail menu so it might be a new one for a lot of you. But I promise it’s worth testing out for yourself at home. Here’s my take on the 1919.
25ml of your favourite gin (I use Bombay Sapphire)
Diet Lemonade (I use 7UP)
Slice of orange
Simply add a shot of each spirit into a glass with a few ice cubes.
Slice yourself a piece of orange and throw that in.
Fill the glass up with the lemonade.
Grab a straw and give it a little stir. Serve.
I do think that a 1919 is a fair bit heavier than an Aperol Spritz in terms of its flavour. If you usually go for an Aperol because you like the lightness of it then this may not be for you. It’s a much strong flavour. In terms of other drinks that are similar to it I would say a Negroni is the closest one. So if that’s your thing then I’m certain you’ll love a 1919 as well.
Well there you have it, the 1919! Have you heard of the 1919 cocktail before? Is it something that you’ve tried before? Let me know! And if you do decide to try the cocktail out, let me know what you think. I’d love to know what your thoughts are.
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