“… the golden age of the cocktail shaker was the period between the two world wars of the last century.
It was during these years that novelist Alec Waugh, elder brother of Evelyn, claimed to have invented
the cocktail party, because he needed something to fill the time between tea and dinner. The Great War
had changed life forever and the young and the beautiful were in search of new methods of oblivion –
the alcoholic neologism of the cocktail suited them perfectly. Exotic to taste, and guaranteed to kick-start
even the dowdiest of parties, the cocktail was the beverage of choice of the Jazz Age”
Taken from the Forward of Simon Khachadourians, The Cocktail Shaker, London 2000
20 ml Campari
20 ml Sweet Vermouth
20 ml Fresh Strawberry purée
10 ml Fresh Lime Juice
Top up with Champagne
Combine the Campari, Sweet Vermouth, strawberry purée and lime juice and shake with ice.
Double strain and top-up with Champagne . Serve in a Champagne saucer and garnish with dry lime + dry rose.
(Thank you to The Kensington Hotel for creating Christie's bespoke cocktail 'The Rostrum'.)
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