For those who found modern cocktails to be the only drinks that boasted interesting flavor combinations and exciting garnishes, the Biltmore cocktail is the perfect choice. This classic gin martini is paired with sweet vermouth and fresh pineapple with just a hint of maraschino to create an interesting little drink. The recipe is adapted from the 1936 edition of “Just Cocktails.” Among all those classic cocktail recipes, this one stands out due to the use of both fresh pineapple and maraschino-soaked hazelnut. As is often the case in vintage bartending guides, the instructions were not as specific as they should have been (they’d often list ingredients only). Interpretation is required, so the “pineapple chunk” listed should be tossed in with the drink and muddled so most of the fresh juice can be released, whereas the drink should be shaken to create a nicely blended drink.
Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)
The strength of Biltmore Cocktail Recipe cocktail is 6 out of 10.
Nutrition (calories per serving)
The estimated calories of Biltmore Cocktail Recipe cocktail is 1249 calories per serving.
Preparation time (minutes)
The time it takes to create Biltmore Cocktail Recipe cocktail is 3 minutes.
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Glass
- 1 hazelnut, for garnish
- 1 dash maraschino liqueur, plus more for soaking
- 1 1-inch cube pineapple
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
Steps to Make It
- Collect the required ingredients.
- Soak a hazelnut for at least 2 hours in maraschino liqueur (if time allows, 24 hours is ideal).
- Place the pineapple in a cocktail shaker. Well, muddle.
- Fill the glass halfway with ice and add the gin, sweet vermouth, and a splash of maraschino.
- Shake vigorously.
- Fill a chilled cocktail glass halfway with ice and strain into it.
- Strain the hazelnut from the liqueur and position it as a garnish in the bottle. Serve and have fun.