Modern English

The Modern English cocktail became more popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s as many bartenders were looking for something new and something that would make them stand out from their competitors. One such bartender was named Harry Johnson, who published his own bartending guide in 1882 called “The New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual” which included recipes for drinks he had invented himself. To prepare it, at first, take the pear cubes and pour the maple syrup over them. Now, add the lemon wedges and let it soak for a few minutes. After that, stir in the gin and put it in the refrigerator to chill out. Garnish with cinnamon stick before serving.

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¼ fresh pear, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 lemon wedges
½ ounce maple syrup
2 ½ ounces Bulldog gin
Garnish: cinnamon stick (optional)


1. In a shaker, muddle all ingredients except the gin.
2. Add the gin and fill with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
3. Double-strain into a coupe glass.
4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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