An Excuse to Drink – October 7, 1868: Cornell University Cocktails

Today in 1868, Cornell University welcomed its first 412 students to its rural campus overlooking Lake Cayuga in Ithaca, New York. One of the original institutions funded by the Morrill Act of 1862, which offered states federal land grants (proportional to their population) to establish public institutions in the fields of agriculture, engineering , military science, and classical studies.

Many Ivy League schools sport their own eponymous cocktails, and Cornell is no exception:

The Cornell Cocktail

This cocktail shares many characteristics with the classic Aviation: essentially swap out the crème de violette and add the egg white, which should curb the sourness a bit and add a good bit of froth to the end product.

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Maraschino liqueur
  • 1 Egg white

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: None

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Cornell Special Cocktail

Contained in the Savoy cocktail book, recipe adapted from Cocktail DB

  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Benedictine
  • 1/4 oz grenadine

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: None

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

About Gregory Priebe

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