Recipes from the Lab, General

Old School Cocktail Revival - Jockey Club Cocktail No. 2 with Almond Lemonade Ice Ball

Some of our most favorite cocktails are the ones that your grandfather, or even your grandfather's grandfather may have enjoyed.  The Jockey Club No. 2 is a revival of the original, from the 1930s (so we'll call this one "old school" since your grandfather or perhaps great grandfather may have enjoyed it).

This version of the Jockey Club (the "No. 2") is our take on Gary Regan's adaptation of the the original post- (and maybe even 'pre-'?) prohibition era Jockey Club recipe (as read in the Joy of Mixology). In the effort to recreate the original flavors, some changes needed to be made. This one omits the orange bitters, and substitutes Amaretto for the Crème de Noyau (as far as we know, it appears to no longer be produced). The ratios are adjusted a bit too, bringing it as close as possible to the famous flavor that can be found in The Savoy Cocktail Book.  We took it a step further by adding an almond lemonade ice ball, so the tart almond flavor gradually releases into the cocktail for a uniquely complex flavor.  

Ok, let get shaking.


Cocktail glass, or you could also use a Double Old Fashioned glass or a Coupe glass (as long as it is large enough for an ice ball), shakerhawthorne strainer, fine mesh "double strainer", 1 oz./½ oz. jiggerThe Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker


  • 2 Ounces Gin (we like Oxley Gin for the stronger aromatics)
  • ¾ Ounce Amaretto
  • ¾ Ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters (or to taste)
  • Almond Lemonade Ice Ball (recipe below)

To make the Almond Lemonade Ice Ball:

  • Add ½ teaspoon of almond extract to the Whiskey Ice Co. ice plug mold.
  • Fill the ice plug mold half-full with real lemonade (no "Country Time" or "Kool Aid" please), then fill the rest to top of logo with fresh water.
  • Freeze until solid and form an ice ball using your Whiskey Ice Co spherical ice ball maker. 
    Note: You can freeze ice balls in advance and just keep them in a sealed container in the freezer for a several of weeks - just remember though, the more sugar the less time you can keep it.

Assemble the Cocktail:

Step 1: Place a few ice cubes in a shaker, add gin, amaretto, lemon juice and bitters. 
Step 2: Shake until chilled (about 15 seconds). 
Step 3: Place almond lemonade ice ball in glass and strain cocktail over top. 

Garnish with fresh lemon peel and enjoy.

But remember, always enjoy responsibly. Cheers