Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast cocktail

The Barbary Coast drink is a Prohibition-era mixture of Scotch whisky, gin, white crème de cacao, and cream. It is a cocktail that was invented in 1893 at The Barbary Coast, a San Francisco bar. And, yes – it does sound like the name of that notorious city! The Barbary Coast was a nine-block region in San Francisco that was a red-light district favored by sailors from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century.

The preparation is quite simple; shaken with ice and served in a cold coupé glass with freshly grated nutmeg on top. It is described in The Savoy Cocktail Book as being served in a cocktail glass with broken ice.

Spirits Used:


1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Rum
½ ounce Scotch
1 ounce Light Cream
½ ounce Creme de Cacao
Glassware: Cocktail Glass


1. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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