The 20th Century Limited passenger train was the height of engineering, style and class throughout much of the first half of 1900s. The famous Art Deco train ran from New York to Chicago in as little as fifteen and a half hours - averaging 60 miles per hour, in a time when that must have seemed like the speed of light.
The 1930’s version of the train, designed by Henry Dreyfuss was an streamlined art deco icon, reminiscent of a speeding bullet with its sleek lines and curved profile. The service was so renowned as the height of sophistication that the term ‘rolling out the red carpet’ was coined in reference to the train’s bespoke crimson red carpet, which was used to keep the bespoke shoes of the train’s guests clean upon boarding!
The delicious gin, cacao and aromatised wine starring cocktail was created by the British bartender C.A. Tuck in honour of the service and the recipe was first listed in the famous Café Royal Cocktail Book in 1937.
After all this time, the 20th Century is certainly still a drink that is worth rolling the red carpet out for…
25ml Hepple Gin
- 25ml crème de cacao
- 25ml fresh lemon juice
- 25ml lillet blanc
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a slice of lemon