The Jupiter Cocktail is another vintage cocktails with no known etymology to its namesake. So, it can only be guessed that the cocktail may derive it’s title from the light blue color. Why is that you ask? Glad you asked! Jupiter in Roman mythology was the god of the sky in addition to his position as king of the gods, protector of Rome, and many, many other titles and responsibilities. It’s hard to believe he had time to create a drink! In reality, this truly obscure cocktail can trace its roots back to Harry McElhone’s first cocktail book, “ABC of Mixing Cocktails,” which was published in 1923.
Well, enough of the history lesson. You’re thinking, “what’s it like?” When the cocktail is first poured you notice a lovely, washed-out Wedgewood blue hint to the glass. This leads to a delicate scent of dark berries and hint of marshmallow fluff (from the Parfait Amour). Finally, when tasting the cocktail, you will find the most pronounced flavor is gin, but there are also tastes of blueberries and a hint of citrus. With this combination, the cocktail must be served ice cold to preserve its balance. However, with high quality ingredients and attention to the balance, this long forgotten libation is fit for the gods. Well, Jupiter anyway.
The Jupiter Cocktail
1 1/2 oz – gin (suggest Plymouth)
3/4 oz – dry vermouth (suggest Noilly Prat)
1 teaspoon – Parfait Amour
1 teaspoon – orange juice
Combine all with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve immediately.