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