You can bet that any film about a casino will have at least one scene involving a character mixing a cocktail. It’s a real thing that cocktails and gambling just seem to go together. We’ve seen this scenario repeated over and over, and the touch of realism it adds cannot be denied. Who wouldn’t enjoy sipping a wonderful mixed drink while playing their favorite game of Roulette or Blackjack? You don’t have to be at a bricks and mortar establishment to consume your favorite drink while you play, thanks to online gambling. All you need to have are the right ingredients, a willing attitude and a special glass to serve it in. You can make a number one casino cocktail from the comfort of your own home.

Casino number one cocktail

This popular drink was created by world famous barkeep Harry Craddock. We’re fortunate enough to know how he developed his alcoholic masterpiece. Before leaving this world, Craddock shared his recipe which has been passed down through a few generations. Before we go into the ingredients and methods list, here is a little background on Craddock, the man who is behind an amazing contribution on mixology.

Harry Craddock : Credit-AlcoholProfessor.com
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The Craddock/Savoy story

The native of England was born in Gloucestershire in the year 1876. In 1897, Craddock moved from his UK homeland to America. He secured his first employment in the new country at Cleveland, Ohio’s Hollenden Hotel. Later, he relocated to New York City and accepted employment with the Hoffman House, then later with the Knickerbocker hotel. It was around this time that he gained his United States citizenship.

Harry could boast of being the bar tender that served America’s last legal cocktail, prior to the prohibition of alcohol within its borders. After these restrictions halted his profession, he, his wife and daughter moved back to England where he worked at the Westminster branch of the Savoy Hotel in London.

Savoy grandeur

It was 1920 when Craddock made his move back to his native country. His new place of employment was a luxury establishment that started up in 1889. It was the fist to offer its guests the luxury of electric lighting, bathrooms and running water in both cold and hot choices. Elevators efficiently carried guests to the upper floors.

Cesar Ritz served as manager and the luxury establishment was further enhanced with chef Auguste Escoffier overseeing all cuisine preparation. Frequent guests included an impressive lineup of celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Winston Churchill and Laurence Olivier.

The Savoy Cocktail Book
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The Savoy Cocktail Book

Mixology’s grandest contribution

Harry Craddock is the man responsible for putting together a supreme collection of mixed drink recipes referred to as the “Savoy Cocktail Book.” He did so while working at his bartending post in the hotel’s American location. The book contains over seven hundred recipes which include the Casino number one, the white lady and his popular corpse reviver number two. Craddock obviously put a lot of time and effort into the book, but did not receive any monetary compensation for his work. He was a coc-founder of thee United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild in 1934. He retired in 1947 and passed way in 1963, sadly, only given a pauper’s burial after all his massive contributions to the world.

How to mix your own Casino Number One Cocktail:

Ingredients:

60 ml gin

5 ml fresh lemon juice

5 ml Maraschino liqueur

Dash of orange bitters

One maraschino cherry

Simple procedure:

Mix all ingredients together with ice, then strain into your favorite beverage glass. Place a maraschino cherry on top as a garnish, and drink.

The Savoy Cocktail Book-2015 edition
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