Water Lily


  • Served in coupe
  • 26% ABV
  • Garnish with Orange twist


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Gin 2.25cl 0.75oz
Crème de violette 2.25cl 0.75oz
Triple sec 2.25cl 0.75oz
Lemon juice 2.25cl 0.75oz
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  1. Shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.


The creation of the Water Lily is attributed to Richard Boccato in 2007, during his tenure as bartender at Little Branch in New York City. Described as a “floral variant on the venerable Corpse Reviver #2”, it uses equal parts of gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice, but replaces the Lillet for crème de violette and omits the absinthe. According to the blurb in The PDT Cocktail Book, it is named after “a dear friend of Richard’s whose middle name is ‘Lily’.” While I’m sure many cocktails created on a nightly basis and named after a woman, few make its way into a notable tome of cocktail recipes.


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