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Barnum Cocktail

The Barnum cocktail is an old classic that takes you by surprise. It’s almost too sweet (unless you’ve ruined your palate on candy ‘tinis), but the gin counters that and the bitters brings all the other ingredients together. You’ll definitely need to appreciate gin to enjoy this drink, because you will be tasting it.

Barnum drink with lemon twist

Try the Barnum with dinner. It’s perfect for taking on all sorts of food flavors and standing up to them without overpowering them.

Closeup view of Barnum drink with lemon twist


  • 1/2 ounce apricot brandy
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 4 dashes lemon juice

Shake the ingredients together with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.