The Luigi was invented by Luigi Naintre in the early 1900’s. Luigi was the owner of the Embassy Club in London and a well known restauranteur at the time. According to Robert Vermeire, author of Cocktails and How to Mix Them, this cocktail was one of the most popular drinks in London when it was first created. Really, who doesn’t like a pink drink, especially when it’s full of gin?
1 tsp grenadine
½ oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
Juice of one tangerine (around 1 oz)
1 oz London dry gin
1 oz dry vermouth
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
This drink turns out bright pink, but don’t let that fool you. It can pack quite a punch!
The combination of gin and vermouth give the cocktail a dry, floral taste, while the Cointreau and grenadine sweeten the drink up and give it a fruity, orange aspect. It’s the inclusion of the tangerine juice however, that really makes this drink. The Luigi is one of the only cocktails I know of that explicitly calls for tangerines to be used, and that addition makes it something really special!