Originally published in 1917 as the "Attention Cocktail," and appearing in the 1930 version of the Savoy Cocktail book as the "Atty Cocktail," eventually this obscure classic was rebranded as Arsenic and Old Lace in 1941, likely named for a Broadway play that opened around the same time.
The three original cocktails all varied in proportions but the ingredients were largely the same: gin, dry vermouth, absinthe, and crème de violette. The result is kind of a fancy martini: lightly floral, botanical, crisp, clean, and bitter.
This non-alcoholic rendition does a great job at satisfying a martini craving, hitting all the right notes in perfect unison. Stir a few up the next time you're throwing a fancy mocktail party!
Arsenic & Old Lace (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
Basically a fancy martini, A&OL is a wonderfully crisp, floral, and botanical cocktail.
2 ounces non-alcoholic gin
1 ounce non-alcoholic dry vermouth
1/2 ounce Lyre's Absinthe
1/4 ounce violet syrup
1 barspoon champagne vinegar
2 dashes All The Bitter Orange bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist, expressing the oils over the drink.
A different light vinegar could be used, such as apple cider or white wine vinegar, if you don't have champagne vinegar available.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Simply replace the non-alcoholic vermouth here with regular dry vermouth for a super low-ABV drink.