The Bebbo Cocktail
The “B” section of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten cocktails lists 5 gin cocktails in a row, distinguished only by subtle variations. While I profess myself to be a gin drinker, I am also enormously fond of variety, and am starting to wish that the beverages were organized under some methodology other than alphabetization.
That being said, The Bebbo has its merits. It is a light, refreshing, tart, citrusy yet subtle concoction. This is the kind of cocktail recipe that is good to have in your repertoire as just about anyone with even a basic bar will have these ingredients on hand. Furthermore with only 1 ½ ounces of spirit The Bebbo is on the lighter side for a classic cocktail, making it a worthy libation to serve when trying to keep the party in hand, family gatherings for instance.
We tried this recipe two ways, the first with Broker’s Gin and a navel orange, the second with Aviation Gin and a blood orange. Both versions bowled us over with real orange flavor, so different from the synthetic essence of say, orange-flavored gin. D favored the latter version as he gravitates toward the drier, less floral aroma of the Aviation Gin. While I enjoyed both versions, I must admit that the pink hue afforded by the blood orange was stunning.
I would be interested in trying this recipe with a ruby red grapefruit or with a meyer lemon in the future.
D described The Bebbo as “an improved mimosa” (D is not fond of champagne) and as “a summertime drink!” For my part I have always associated citrus with winter, perhaps because my family used to buy crates of fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit each December. Incidentally, my Dad uses these same ingredients in toddy form to soothe cold and flu symptoms. In youth, I remember playing up my cough before bedtime just to get my hands on some of this elixir!
The Bebbo Cocktail
- 1.5 ounces gin (feel free to experiment)
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- .5 ounce honey (heated to liquid)
- 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice (blood orange is nice)
Shake over ice. Strain. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Bebbo, while not as complex as many of the libations in this book, is an example of simplicity at it’s finest. I will most certainly recreate (and probably reinvent) this cocktail for years to come.