The Crystal Slipper Cocktail

The Crystal Slipper cocktail appears to have made its debut in Jacques Straub’s, “Drinks,” circa 1914. Surprisingly Leo Cotton kept the recipe in tact 21 years later.

Now… I’m pretty sure that this vintage cocktail recipe was inspired by the tale of Cinderella. However, I’m not really sure whether it was due to the popularity of the movie from 1899, 1912 or 1914.

It appears that Cinderella was a very popular story back in the early 1900’s!

Even Betty Boop starred in her own Cinderella movie one year before Mr. Boston’s first edition was published.

As soon as I laid eyes on the Crystal Slipper recipe, I knew I would fall in love with it.

Firstly, this drink calls for 1/4 of a glass of Creme Yvette which has quickly become one of my favorite go to liqueurs. Pairing that with Gin and orange Bitters seemed like a home run.

Our homemade Bathtub Gin No. 6 felt like the best Gin to use on this recipe. Thankfully, infusing 1.5 liters only took 3 hours and I was able to mix up tonights cocktail without waiting until the clock struck midnight.

After filtering a couple ounces of the Gin through a coffee filter, I mixed 3/4 of an ounce Creme Yvette with 2-1/4 ounces of Gin and 2 heavy dashes of the Bitter Housewife’s Orange Bitters.

While the recipe calls for this drink to be shaken, I decided stirring would keep the Gin from becoming cloudy.

At first the botanicals of the Gin were a bit overwhelming but, as the ingredients began to meld the berry notes of the Creme Yvette sprung forth. I didn’t really notice the orange bitters in the background. Maybe I should have used a heavier hand?

As expected, the Crystal Slipper is going into my favorites category so that I can remember to mix it up again when the mood strikes.

The timing on this particular recipe could not have been more perfect as Ryan and I are headed down to visit Disneyland next week. I can’t think of a better way to kick off our magical trip. Cheers!


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