Cocktail of the Day: Melody

This is a near-forgotten classic from the long out-of-print Café Royal Cocktail Book, compiled by W. J. Tarling and published in Britain in 1937. Café Royal was at the time one of the finest restaurants in London (and is now sadly closed forever, as the hotel in which it was housed has been demolished). Back then, however, British and expat American bartenders crafted some of the finest drinks to be had anywhere.

This drink, which we like not only for its lovely flavor but for the fact that it’s got the same name as Wes’ sister, also provides a great alternative use for the passion fruit juice or nectar you may have around for making proper Hurricanes. It was created by a gentleman by the name of G. W. Parker.


1-1/2 ounces Plymouth gin.
3/4 ounce passion fruit juice or nectar.
3/4 ounce Lillet blanc.
2 dashes Calvados.
2 dashes Cointreau.

Shake and strain. Cherry garnish.


Absolutely lovely, and a rare classic. I’ll bet your guests will love this one. This is another of those drinks that might just cure a gin-hater.

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to know what this tasted like when Mr. Parket made it with Kina Lillet, which is what was available at the time, add a tiny pinch (1/16 teaspoon or less) of quinine powder before shaking.