The Earthquake is cocktail number 34 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Earthquake cocktail history
Numerous Earthquake Cocktails have appeared throughout the years.
The Tremblement de Terre cocktail, or Earthquake, a cocktail consisting of half absinthe and half cognac, is attributed to the French painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).
A newspaper article from 1870, states, “Mark Twain, in his book, refers to earthquake cocktails…” Searches of Twain’s writings were conducted; the referenced book has not been found at the time of this writing.
Many of the earthquake cocktails mentioned in articles appear to be in reference to bartenders using the earthquake as a method for shaking a libation.
Additional Earthquake cocktail recipes continued through the years around the world. By 1960, the Swank version began appearing in newspaper advertisements.
Earthquake cocktail recipe
1/3 your choice Whiskey, 1/3 Gin, 1/3 Pernod. Shake well with ice and strain into glass.
- Crown Royal Whiskey
- Hendrick’s Gin
Earthquake cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
If you like anise-flavored beverages, this is your cocktail, as the Pernod strongly flavors the drink. We don’t, so it was a sip and dump for us.
Next up… Cocktail # 35, French “75” cocktail