How to Make "The Dorothy Parker" from NYC's famous Algonquin Hotel

One of our favourite parts of a recent Girls Flight Out: Get Lit in NYC adventure was our stay at the famous Algonquin Hotel (see for full story). Afterward, we couldn't resist requesting a recipe from the hotel's Blue Bar. Happily, the kind folks at "the Gonk" graciously handed over one of their most popular drinks -- the absolutely delicious Dorothy Parker. In it, several ounces of gin are treated to a splash of St. Germain, a pricey but delicious liqueur made from little white elderberry flowers that grow in the French Alps. Its warm floral notes hinting of pear and lychee are rounded out with a touch of lemon, honey and basil. This is a heady, hard-to-put-down concoction so keep in mind the famous quote most often attributed to Ms. Parker:

“I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table. After four, I’m under my host.”

The Dorothy Parker

Recipe courtesy of The Algonquin Hotel

5 – 6 oz gin

½ oz St. Germain

Lemon, honey and basil to flavour. Shake or stir. Pour and enjoy!

Tip: Eager to try a Dorothy Parker at home, I asked Brenda Lee, a bartender with more than 20 years of creative mixing under her belt, to play around with the lemon, honey and basil flavour combos the recipe suggests. Here are her recommendations:

Place 5 basil leaves in a shaker with 1 oz of gin. Muddle. Add ice, remaining gin, St. Germain and 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice (we loved the way the equal parts of the honey and lemon balanced each other out).  Shake well, and strain into a chilled martini glass.  

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It’s that time of year again when the hotel celebrates its most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat, with a fundraiser and Cat Fashion Show! This year marks the event’s 10th Anniversary and will feature a show by Ada Nieves, a certified animal fashion designer.  The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 for The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and comes complete with a reception in the hotel’s iconic lobby, fashion show, online auction, prizes and other treats. Tickets are $50 per person. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 10th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit: