We’re celebrating the birthday of the famous silent movie star with the cocktail that bears his name. Fairbanks (May 23, 1880 – December 12, 1939) rose to stardom in the 1920s for his swashbuckling roles in such silent films as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood and The Mark of Zorro. The Douglas Fairbanks cocktail gained its popularity in the 1930s at the famed Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Havana, Cuba.
The egg white froth gives the drink a dramatic flair. The apricot liqueur makes the cocktail fruit-forward, yet the drink is remarkably balanced. All of the ingredients complement each other, much like the ensemble in a well-acted film. This certainly is a cocktail we’ll be enjoying on movie nights at home!
1 ½ oz gin
1 oz apricot liqueur
¾ oz lime juice
1 egg white
Mix all ingredients and dry shake (without ice) until the egg whites are froth. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a coupe.