Butterfly's Breath

The late Julia and Paul Child often entertained friends with cocktails, many of them invented by Paul Child, who delighted in creating custom drinks. A small collection of Paul’s recipes, written on 3-by-5 index cards, was recently discovered in Julia Child’s archives. Among them is this sweet, apricot brandy–laced riff on the gimlet.

Butterfly's Breath
Photo: Christopher Testani
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail


  • 3 3/4 teaspoons sweetened lime juice (such as Rose’s)

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) London dry gin (such as Beefeater)

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) apricot brandy

  • Lemon peel twist or lime peel twist


  1. Stir together lime juice, 1 tablespoon water, and sugar in a mixing glass until sugar is dissolved. Pour gin and apricot brandy into glass, and fill glass with ice. Using a bar spoon, stir until outside of glass is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twist.

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