Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics


Seraphim 6


2 1/4oz Hendricks Gin

.5oz Aperol

.5oz St. Germain

.25oz Simple Syrup

5 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

6 Cucumber slices


Place 5 cucumber slices in a chilled mixing glass. Add the simple syrup. Muddle the cucumbers. Add gin, Aperol, St. Germain and bitters. Add ice and stir. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the remaining cucumber slice.


Botanical, fresh cucumber scented nose with hints of citrus. Light and smooth with a tastefully sweetened cucumber and citrus flavor. Meanwhile, the bitters and Aperol bring hops, grapefruit, rhubarb, gentian and a hint of bitter to the taste. Overall very smooth and refreshing. Just be careful as while it goes down deceptively smooth, the Seraphim can sneak up on you.

Seraphim 4


The Seraphim came about as a variation of a popular cocktail called Archangel, which was created by Michael McIlroy and Richard Boccato of Milk & Honey. The original recipe is:


  • 2.25 oz. Plymouth Gin
  • .75 oz. Aperol
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • Lemon twist, as garnish

As you might expect, thanks to the addition of St. Germain and simple syrup, Seraphim is a touch sweeter than the Archangel, yet a bit more bitter thanks to the grapefruit bitters. The hops also add some great flavor.

If you are in the mood for a slightly drier cocktail, the Archangel is the one for you. Think of an orange, rhubarb and cucumber scented Martini/Negroni hybrid with bitter notes from the Aperol (what’s not to like about that?).

Seraphim 2

Hendrick’s Gin is infused with cucumbers.

If you like something a touch lighter and “cucumbery” with a hint of sweetness and a bit more complexity, choose the Seraphim. The Hendrick’s gin is perfect for the Seraphim. The elderflower, grapefruit and hops all add a unique flavor, making the Seraphim a different drink than its inspiration.

While I love them both, and could only dream of one of my creations reaching the status of the Archangel, my wife and her friends swear by the Seraphim. It really depends on your mood/audience. Try both cocktails and let me know what you think.

5 Responses to “Seraphim”

  1. Raul from DeathtoSourMix

    that cropped image of the first is fantastic. I see that, and I immediately want to find you (not in a creepy way) so you can make that for me (I’m lazy). cheers.

    • The Straight Up

      Thanks! That means a lot coming from you. It is one of my wife’s absolute favorite drinks. Really refreshing. Not creeped out. . .unless that is you in the tree by my window…

  2. Gentian Dream | The Straight Up

    […] juice and citrus bitters (among other things). I had also recently posted my twist on an Archangel, Seraphim, also featuring cucumber as well as rhubarb laced Aperol and the cucumber infused Hendrick’s […]


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