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The Essentials

fresh lemon juice
The Details


1.5 oz Gin
0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
0.25 oz Campari
0.25 oz Cointreau


  • Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until cold.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
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This velvety classic was invented in 1937 and named after the 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train that ran between New York City and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. Advertised as "The Most Famous Train in the World," it traveled between the two cities in 15.5 hours—a swift journey at the time. We imagine this cocktail being served to trav...