Mark Twain

The famous author's famous nightcap.


  • Served in cocktail
  • 20% ABV


Craft of the Cocktail

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Scotch 4.5cl 1.5oz
Simple syrup 3.0cl 1.0oz
Lemon juice 2.0cl 0.67oz
Angostura bitters Two dashes
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  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.


This drink was described by Mark Twain in a letter to his wife Olivia from London in January, 1874:

Livy my darling, I want you to be sure & remember to have, in the bathroom, when I arrive, a bottle of Scotch whisky, a lemon, some crushed sugar, & a bottle of Angostura bitters. Ever since I have been in London I have taken in a wine glass what is called a cock-tail (made with those ingredients) before breakfast, before dinner, & just before going to bed.

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