Secret Sauce

Modder River Cocktail by Red Hook Tavern


From Red Hook Tavern:

The Modder River is one of our most popular cocktails at Red Hook Tavern. This recipe comes from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, an English bartender who trained in the United States, and became one of the most famous bartenders of the 1920s and 1930s.



All you need is a jigger…and the booze.



1 lemon

1½ ounces Barr Hill Gin

¾ ounce Imbue Cellars Dry White Vermouth

¾ ounce Badenhorst Caperitif

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes lemon bitters



Chill a coupe or martini glass by adding ice and water to it. Peel the lemon and make a twist for the garnish (see Pro Tip); set aside.

Add the gin, vermouth, Caperitif, and bitters to a mixing glass, and stir.  Empty the icy water from the chilled glass and strain the cocktail into the glass. Express the lemon peel by twisting over the top of the cocktail and lightly rubbing the rim of the glass with it, then place it in the glass. Serve cold.

Serves 1.


Pro Tip

Use a small serrated knife to cut your lemon peels into a uniform shape. It makes for a great presentation, and will really impress your guests!