The Casino cocktail is listed among the International Bartender’s Association* list of classics, so The Nosey Chef was naturally drawn to it. We made it, we drank it and we liked it. But as for a history? Nada. Zip. Nothing.
The usual suspects punctuate the origins of the Casino. The first recipe for a Casino was written in 1916 in Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin – he who invented the Aviation, which is a kissing cousin of the Casino.
The centrepiece of the Casino is the Old Tom gin. London dry gin just does not cut the mustard for this drink. You can buy a bottle from Amazon.
*Note that the IBA recipe contains an error. 10ml of orange bitters will taste like licking a dog’s crusty arse.
- 40ml Old Tom gin
- 10ml maraschino liqueur
- 10ml fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry to garnish
Shake all the liquid ingredients with ice. Strain into a Martini glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.