Easy, classic cocktail recipe: Knickerbocker

Knickerbocker Cocktail
Photo borrowed from TwoAtTheMost.com

This spirits cocktail comes to us from Sean Ludford, creator and editor of Bevx.com, an online beverage magazine. He’s a regular contributor to TaylorEason.com.

This classic cocktail is one of the oldest drinks you will find in English print. The exact origins are much fodder for debate. Perhaps it was a signature drink of the old Knickerbocker Boat Club in New York. Regardless of its origins, there is no denying that it is a tasty cocktail in any era.

We have seen some versions of the Knickerbocker that utilize gin (read “An Introduction to Gin“) but I prefer the classic.


2 oz. Aged rum
1 1/2 oz. Raspberry liqueur (like Chambord)
1/2 oz. Orange curaçao
Juice of half a lime


Fill a small highball glass (the same glass that serves this cocktail) three-quarters full of ice. Pour this ice along with the four cocktail ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Give it a good shaking and pour the shaker contents into the small highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


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