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Gin • Sweet
Twentieth Century

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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 travelers in an opulent bar car just before dinner. The mix of herbal gin, sweet creme de cacao and citrusy lemon juice makes for a delightful, appetite-whetting aperitif.

The Essentials

Lillet Blanc
white creme de cacao
The Details


1.5 oz gin
.75 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz white creme de cacao
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon twist


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake until ice cold, about 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.
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