The 22nd Century recipe at Sydney's Grain Bar is a cocktail we love

They've tweaked the 20th Century Cocktail, and thrown it into a barrel with superb results.

The 22nd Century recipe at Sydney's Grain Bar is a cocktail we love
Adam Lau at Grain Bar in Sydney. Photo: Supplied

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2022 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

“This cocktail is a variation on the classic cocktail, the 20th Century,” says Grain’s bar manager and the driving before behind this drink, Adam Lau.

“Our version is barrel-aged and by adding sloe gin creates a unique fruity element to the classic. The 22nd Century cocktail is a highly complex, balanced, and sophisticated cocktail, with notes of citrus, biscuit, chocolate all aged in an American oak barrel. This allows us the opportunity to educate guests about barrel-ageing. Guests often assume a barrel-aged cocktail will be a strong, spirit forward cocktail, but it makes it more mellow and removes the harshness of the spirits creating a flavourful and harmonious cocktail.”

22nd Century Cocktail


  • 20ml Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
  • 15ml The Botanist Gin
  • 15ml Lillet Blanc
  • 10ml dutch cacao
  • 5ml Muyu Jasmine Verte
  • 10ml of clarified lemon juice
  • 5 mL grenadine


  1. Combine all ingredients and age in American Oak barrel for three days.
  2. To serve, throw between two shakers with ice and serve in a Nick & Nora glass. Express a lemon peel over the top of the drink and discard.

Recipe by Adam Lau, Grain Bar, Sydney.