I’m obsessed with how pretty this drink is. Though I’m a gin lover, I still haven’t tried out all the classic gin cocktails. I haven’t even *heard* of all of them. But as soon as I saw a recipe for a classic “Army and Navy” cocktail, it jumped to the top of the list.
And somehow it feels appropriately patriotic for a 4th of July posting.
What is an Army and Navy cocktail?
As with many classic cocktails, there are a few conflicting stories.
It’s said that this cocktail recipe was created to honor the Army & Navy college football rivalry. The rivalry’s tradition dates back to 1890, though from what I can tell the cocktail dates back to World War II, first appearing in a cocktail book in 1948. Or conversely, that it got its name from the famous Washington D.C. Army and Navy Club. I prefer the first option.
It’s traditionally made with gin, and is a twist on a gin sour recipe. I like to think that the gin and lemon are a nod to sailors in some way, but that’s completely made up on my part 🙂
Most of the ingredients are completely run-of-the-mill, except the orgeat syrup. You can buy it on Amazon or make yourself. Not sure if liquor stores would have it, but you could look.