Gin Crusta Recipe: A Classic English Cocktail

Gin Crusta

Gin Crusta Recipe: A Classic English Cocktail
Region / culture: England | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1


Gin Crusta
Gin Crusta

Gin Crusta is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. This refreshing drink is perfect for those who enjoy the botanical flavors of gin with a hint of sweetness and citrus.


The Gin Crusta cocktail was first created in the 1850s by Joseph Santini, a bartender at the New Orleans City Exchange. It quickly became a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts for its unique combination of flavors.


  • 5 oz (142 g) of London dry gin
  • 30 drops of gomme syrup
  • 10 drops of Angostura® bitters
  • 10 drops of Blue curacao liqueur

How to prepare

  1. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass rimmed with lemon juice and sugar. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.


  • For a twist on the classic Gin Crusta, try using different types of gin or experimenting with different bitters and liqueurs.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When making a Gin Crusta, be sure to use a London dry gin for its crisp and clean taste. The gomme syrup adds a touch of sweetness, while the Angostura bitters and Blue curacao liqueur give the cocktail its signature flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

Gin Crusta is best enjoyed as a pre-dinner cocktail or as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Cooking Techniques

Shaking the ingredients with ice helps to chill the cocktail and blend the flavors together.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have gomme syrup, you can substitute simple syrup or honey for a similar level of sweetness.

Make Ahead Tips

You can pre-mix the ingredients for Gin Crusta and store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Gin Crusta in a chilled glass with a lemon peel twist for a classic and elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Gin Crusta pairs well with light appetizers, seafood dishes, and citrus-based desserts.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Gin Crusta is best enjoyed fresh and should be consumed shortly after preparation.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gin Crusta contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Gin Crusta contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


Gin Crusta is a low-fat cocktail, with minimal fat content.


There is no significant protein content in Gin Crusta.

Vitamins and minerals

Gin Crusta does not provide a significant amount of vitamins or minerals.


This recipe contains alcohol and may not be suitable for individuals with alcohol allergies.


Gin Crusta is a relatively low-calorie cocktail with minimal fat and carbohydrate content.


Gin Crusta is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a refreshing flavor profile. Enjoy this drink as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a light and citrusy treat on a warm day.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something I had to try. It was a hot summer day, and I had been rummaging through some old cookbooks in the attic, looking for inspiration. And there it was, tucked away in a dusty old book from the 1800s - the recipe for Gin Crusta.

I had never heard of Gin Crusta before, but the ingredients intrigued me. Gin, of course, was the main component, along with a hint of orange liqueur and a splash of fresh lemon juice. The glass was rimmed with sugar, giving it a sweet and tangy flavor that I knew would be perfect for a refreshing summer cocktail.

I decided then and there that I had to make this drink. I gathered the ingredients and set to work, following the recipe to the letter. As I mixed the gin, orange liqueur, and lemon juice together, I could already smell the tantalizing aroma of the cocktail.

I poured the mixture into a glass that I had rimmed with sugar, and garnished it with a twist of lemon. Taking a sip, I was immediately transported to a different time and place. The flavors were exquisite - the gin was smooth and mellow, the orange liqueur added a touch of sweetness, and the lemon juice gave it a zesty kick.

I knew then that this recipe would become a staple in my kitchen. I made Gin Crustas for every summer gathering, impressing my friends and family with my newfound cocktail-making skills. They all marveled at the unique combination of flavors and begged me to share the recipe with them.

As the years went by, I continued to hone my skills as a mixologist, experimenting with different variations of the Gin Crusta recipe. I added a splash of bitters for a more complex flavor profile, or swapped out the orange liqueur for a different citrus liqueur for a twist on the classic cocktail.

But no matter how many variations I tried, the original Gin Crusta recipe remained my favorite. There was something about the simplicity and elegance of the drink that I just couldn't get enough of. It became my go-to cocktail for any occasion, whether it was a summer barbecue or a cozy night in by the fire.

And as I shared this recipe with my friends and family, I also shared the story behind it. I told them about the day I found the recipe in the old cookbook in the attic, and how it had sparked my passion for mixology. I told them about the flavors and aromas that had captivated me from the first sip, and how I had dedicated myself to perfecting the recipe over the years.

Now, whenever I make a Gin Crusta, I remember that day in the attic and the sense of excitement and discovery that fueled my culinary journey. And as I raise my glass to toast to good times and good friends, I am grateful for the simple pleasure of a well-made cocktail and the memories that it brings.


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