Although they originally emerged in the nineteenth-century, cocktails became popular during the prohibition era as a means of disguising the awful taste of illegal 'bootleg' alcohol.
One popular cocktail of the 'Gatsby' era was the Silver Bronx. Here Andy Evans, drinks specialist at John Lewis, Oxford Street, shows us how to make it at home...
Sweet (red) vermouth
Smooth orange juice
Plenty of ice
You'll need: Cocktail shaker and a martini glass
Start off by rinsing the ice with a capful of sweet vermouth and a capful of dry vermouth.
Shake, then dispose of the vermouth (it's only there to flavour the ice!).
Then add 50 ml dry gin, 50 ml orange juice and the white of the egg to the ice and shake well.
The egg white gives a pleasing texture to the drink and an attractive foam.
Strain into a martini glass (ideally chilled), garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Will you be giving this a try?
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