Barnum Was Right Cocktail Recipe

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The Barnum Was Right cocktail is an old classic that takes you by surprise. It’s almost too sweet (unless you’ve ruined your palate on candy drinks), 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. Be sure to use a good, drinkable gin with this one.

Barnum drink with lemon twist

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

Variations and Personalization:

While the classic Barnum Was Right cocktail offers a tasty experience on its own, mixology is all about experimentation and personalization. Feel free to explore variations by incorporating different types of gin or experimenting with other fruit-flavored liqueurs to create your own twist on this timeless classic.

Other Apricot Brandy Cocktails to Try:

Barnum drink with lemon twist

Barnum Was Right Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Barnum Was Right cocktail is an old classic gin cocktail. It’s perfectly balanced between sweetness, tangy notes and herbal hints from the gin.


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


  1. Fill a shaker with cracked ice.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Shake until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Last Updated:

December 25, 2023