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Hutch’s Happy Hour – Coco Chanel Cocktail Recipe

Coco Chanel…a cocktail is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you hear that name, but in my quest to find a gin-based cocktail I stumbled across this little beauty.


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Coco Chanel cocktail ingredients

  • 60ml Gin (Hutch’s recommendation – LoneWolf Gin)
  • 60ml Kahlua
  • 60ml Heavy cream


How to make a Coco Chanel cocktail

  • Combine the gin, Kahlua and cream into a shaker
  • Shake vigorously with ice
  • Strain in to a cocktail glass


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So it’s time for a small confession…despite most of the UK (and possibly the worlds) population riding high on the crest of a gin wave, I myself am not it’s biggest fan. In fact, I bought my first bottle solely for the purposes of creating gin-based cocktails for this blog. Despite this, you can rest assured I won’t ever write about a cocktail I don’t enjoy myself; and in most cases they will have also been given the thumbs up by the lucky (or not so lucky, depending on how you look at it) friends of ours we’ve invited round to be taste testers for my project. Who knows…one of you could be next!!

Back to the matter at hand; it turns out Coco Chanel was not just a fashion designer but also a delicious cocktail you’ve, if like me, probably never heard of before. It caught my eye when browsing our little cocktail bible as it’s similar to a cocktail I like a lot, the White Russian, just made with gin instead of vodka. On further investigation, it appears there are a number of cocktails out there in the world that bear the name of this fashion icon, all quite different, many being variants on a martini, not all gin based, but this one as far as I can tell appears to be the standard if there is such a thing. Many of the others look to be specific to a bar or hotel paying tribute to Coco in their own way.


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How this version relates to her is a mystery to me; I’ve been unable to find any discernible links between the woman and cocktail. Based on her famed quote, “I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.”, I have a hunch that this concoction is likely to have never passed her lips. I also see no link between the drink and some of her most famous creations. The little black dress or No 5 perfume to name a couple. Perhaps, the drinks creator would garnish it in a way that might have made an obvious connection, like dusting the logo on with cocoa powder (a challenge for any of you who fancy giving this one a go), or just that the drinks simple elegance is a reflection to that of Coco herself.

Your guess is probably a lot better than mine!!!

On that, it is time to say au revoir and leave you with some inspiring words from the woman who inspired this cocktail.


“If you were not born with wings, do nothing to impede their growth.”