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KGB cocktail

The KGB cocktail is not named for the former Russian intelligence agency, and does not contain vodka. I just wanted to clear that up right off the bat, because that was my initial assumption the first time I heard about it.

Overhead view of KGB Cocktail with lemon twist

That said, it does contain one ingredient that can come from Russia – Kimmel. That’s where it gets the name – Kimmel, gin and (apricot) brandy. Kimmel is a sweet herbal liqueur that marries the other ingredients together.

Closeup view of KGB Cocktail with lemon twist

The KGB cocktail is great for when you’re studying classified intelligence documents or… whoops. Forget I said that. We never had this conversation.

Full-length view of KGB Cocktail with lemon twist

KGB cocktail Recipe

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Kummel
  • 1/4 teaspoon apricot brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Shake all the ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.