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Gertie’s Garter, Swank Cocktail #36

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Gertie’s Garter cocktail

The Gertie’s Garter is cocktail number 36 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Gertie’s Garter cocktail history

In 1883, a farce entitled Gertie’s Garter debuted on the 12th of April in Newcastle upon Tyne starring Miss Maggie Hunt, who played Gertie Mooney, as well as Mr. E. H.. Sothern, playing Mr. Pocklington, and Mr. J. Owen as Melch’sedeck Flighty.

"Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Theatre Royal, Gerti'e's Garter," newspaper article, The Era (London, England), 21 Apr 1883, p.10, col. 3.
“Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Theatre Royal, Gertie’s Garter,” newspaper article, The Era (London, England), 21 Apr 1883, p.10, col. 3.

About four decades later in 1921, a play entitled Getting Gertie’s Garter began its run in New York. In 1945, Getting Gertie’s Garter was made into a movie starring Dennis O’Keefe, Marie McDonald, and Barry Sullivan.

"Theatre Notes, Getting Gertie's Garter," newspaper article, Times Union (Brooklyn, New York), 20 Jan 1921, p. 4, col. 7.
“Theatre Notes, Getting Gertie’s Garter,” newspaper article, Times Union (Brooklyn, New York), 20 Jan 1921, p. 4, col. 7.

It is unknown, but highly possible, that the Gertie’s Garter cocktail had an association with one of the plays or the movie.

Getting Gertie's Garter, 1945 movie, Wikipedia
Getting Gertie’s Garter, 1945 movie, Wikipedia

Gertie’s Garter cocktail recipe

Gertie’s Garter cocktail recipe
Gertie’s Garter cocktail recipe

3 parts Dry Gin, 1 part Grapefruit juice, 1 part Grenadine. Shake well with ice and strain into glass. Add fruit desired.

Ingredients used:

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Rose’s Grenadine
  • Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

Gertie’s Garter cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸)

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸🍸

We typically love cocktails with grapefruit juice but this version of Gertie’s Garter was a bit too sweet for 5🍸s. Less grenadine would most likely be the remedy; we will try a less sweet version soon. it is a very pretty beverage.

Next up… Cocktail # 37, Gibson cocktail

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