Fairbank Cocktail

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30. March 2015 by swizzzlestick

Creme de Noyaux has appeared in fiction as the vehicle for cyanide poisoning, due to the presence in apricot kernels of aromatic chemicals that break down into hydrocyanic acid when mixed with water. One famous instance of this is the short story, “Bitter Almonds,” by renowned mystery author Dorothy L. Sayers. The main character, a wine and spirits salesman, determines that a customer died after drinking the first (oiliest) glass of a bottle of Creme de Noyaux that had stood unopened for 40 years.”, Wikipedia writes.

Finally I got hold of such a mysterious bottle of Crème de Noyeaux. We inaugurated this rare liqueur with a Fairbank Cocktail (recipe found in Ted Haigh´s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails).


1-3/4 ounces gin, 3/(4 ounc dry vermouth, 2 dashes Oorange bitters, 2 dashes Crème de Noyeaux, garnish: cherry (I took a brandied cherry)


Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

fairbank cocktail

Tasting Notes

An excellent martini drink with a wonderful nuttiness of almonds and apricot-kernels.


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