Bobbo’s Bride Cocktail
One of the cocktails that I mixed up during my Gin Advent Calendar was Bobbo’s Bride. It was such a tasty cocktail that I decided to make myself another at the start of the year.
Bobbo’s Bride is a variation on the Vesper Martini, a drink that was first introduced to the world by Ian Fleming in his first James Bond novel “Casino Royale”. His legendary character asks for the following drink…
“A dry martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’ …
Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale” [goodreads.com]
That mixture of vodka and gin has made its way into many cocktail since the Vesper Martini was first mentioned way back in 1953.
Where the Vesper uses only a third of the vodka to gin, Bobbo’s Bride uses equal measures. The peach liqueur keeps the fruitiness of the original Vesper and the Campari adds the dry, bitterness. When I mixed this up for my Gin Advent Calendar I used Liverpool Organic Gin. This was a particularly fruity flavoured gin and worked perfectly in this cocktail. Especially with the equally fruity flavoured Penderyn Vodka I had at the time.
If you like your cocktails a little on the fruity side but not too sweet then this is a cocktail for you. Whilst I know it will work well with fruity gins I will have to revisit it to see just how well it works with other styles of gin.
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BOBBO’S BRIDE COCKTAIL RECIPE
1 measure gin
1 measure vodka
⅓ measure peach liqueur
⅙ measure Campari
Pour ingredients into an ice filled cocktail mixing glass or the bottom of a cocktail shaker and stir well until a frost has formed on the outside of the mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of peach.