Old EtonianThe Old Etonian cocktail has created a little debate amongst mixologists, without even knowing it. The original recipe recommends that you shake this delicious cocktail, but many insist that stirring should be the preferred method! This is a prime example of the pretentious nature of cocktails. What we recommend is that you choose the method you like best – if you're suffering from a poorly wrist for whatever reason, then perhaps stirring is the better method.
Aside from this debate, the Old Etonian cocktail found its feet in London in the mid 1920s. It's a gin based cocktail, which is typically referred to as being the alcohol of Britain, since we sell enough of the stuff. Its name comes from Eton College, which is a college based near Windsor, in a little town called Eton. With it being from Windsor, you can safely assume that it's a cocktail associated with the toffs, but these days you can make it at home quite easily, so there's no need for it to remain as an upperclass beverage.
Since this cocktail originates from dear old Britain, there are numerous establishments which have mastered the making of this cocktail – such as The Garden Hotel in London. People would flock from all over to taste this beautiful cocktail, in all its authetic beauty. The Old Etonian contains a curious ingredients – Creme de Noyaux, which is featured in numerous cocktails, such as the Pink Squirrel and the Fairbank. Curiously since CrÃ¨me de Noyaux contains apricot kernels, it has been found in stories associated with cyanide poisoning, although poisoning from apple and apriocot kernels are very rare, and only when consumed in large amounts would pose any danger to the human body, so don't worry your little head too much. You can quite easily find a substitute by looking for any almond flavoured liqueur, such as Espiritu del Ecuador, Amaretto, or Ratafia.