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What ingredient does a cocktail called Prohibition absolutely have to feature? That’s right – gin. But this is not your typical gin cocktail.

Prohibition cocktail with orange twist

The original recipe called for Kina Lillet, which was a wine aperitif made from Bourdeaux wines and citrus liqueurs. But it’s no longer made, so Lillet Blanc is the closest match to it. As you’d expect from that description, it’s a little fruity but not terribly sweet. This, along with the apricot brandy, tempers the herbal notes of the gin.

This is a moderately strong cocktail, great for sipping with a meal or an after-dinner conversation. It’s a good pre-mixer for parties, especially if you have guests who are interested in lesser-known cocktails that are readily drinkable but on the sophisticated side.

Angled view of Prohibition cocktail with orange twist


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 2 dashes lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce apricot brandy

Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice; strain into a martini glass. Serve with a twist of orange.