Gin and Chocolate – A Surprising Pairing

The Twentieth Century Cocktail still seems fresh even though we are a fifth of the way into the twenty first. This cocktail relies on the surprising combination of gin and chocolate. It first appeared in the Cafe Royale Bar Book in 1937. A century later it still seems modern.

Description of the Item

  • Style of Cocktail – Daisy
  • Glass – Coupe
  • Ice – Served Up

This drink strikes an interesting balance. The rich creme de cacao flavors interact with gin botanicals in some surprising ways. Lillet Blanc, and fresh lemon juice keep it light and refreshing.

In style it a daisy. The lemon juice is the sour component. The sweetness comes from the creme de cacao. You may want to adjust the amount of creme de cacao. It can get overpowering very quickly.

If you are interested in learning more about classic cocktails check out our guide.

“This is what art deco tastes like.” – Ted Haigh, AKA Dr. Cocktail

  • Strong
  • Sweet
  • Tart

The Twentieth Century was a train that ran between Chicago and New York. With it’s streamlined style it was the epitome of the early modern era. This drink was created as a tribute to that train. Drink it still evokes a feeling of sleek modern sophistication.

Twentieth Century Cocktail – Recipe


  • 1 ½ oz London dry gin
  • ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
  • ½ oz white creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Wide swath of lemon zest for garnish.


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in gin, lillet, creme de cacao
  2. Shake vigorously fo r10 - 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon twist.


Keep the chocolate note in check. Don’t overdo the creme de cacao. A 1/2 oz is plenty. Use less if it is too much.



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