The Mark Twain Cocktail Recipe

Pete Capella
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One of America’s greatest satirists, writers, statesmen…I mean, the guy did just about everything and anything, was also a fan of the cocktail. Samuel Clemens, who you know as Mark Twain, helped shape modern day America through his writing. When visiting London in 1874, Twain wrote in a letter to his wife Olivia:

“Livy my darling, I want you to be sure and remember to have, in the bathroom when I arrive, a bottle of Scotch Whiskey, a lemon, some crushed sugar, and 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, and just before going to bed.”

Mark Twain once said, “Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.” So maybe he was going a little overboard, but he certainly had great taste in cocktails. 


Mark Twain Cocktail

1.5 oz Scotch Whiskey

.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Lemon Twist for Garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

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