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Historic Cocktails: gin-based cocktails with Burnett’s White Satin

We present some special, ancient historic cocktail recipes, compiled directly from the booklet “puis le gas y dit” by Distillers Corporation Seagrams Limited of Montreal.

The recipes included in this book were found and tasted in law firms of connoisseurs, hotel club experts and world-renowned hotels of the time. Divided into five parts according to the spirit base from gin, Scotch whisky, Canadian and American rye to bourbon.

Today we begin with Burnett’s White Satin gin. Known as “The aristocrat of all gins.” The recipe in question: La Rose du Bermudiana, suggested by A.C. Guyette of the Bermudian Hotel, Las Bermudas.

Historic Cocktails: gin-based cocktails with Burnett's White Satin

The story reads:

When I arrived at the station, the person which was waiting for me at the train, took me to a way of a large presbytery which happens to be a hotel that is, I am not lying to you, at least ten floors high, fellas.

He takes me into a room where the house and the barn could have danced a jig for two without hitting the furniture, then another room where there was a bath; I touch one of the golden silver things…. Shop! Don’t move! Don’t move! That’s when he falls to me like a storm torch on the mane. I thought it was something from people of the city, but my guy told me it was a shower.

I didn’t grumble and went to bed, but as a way of saying good night, my guy said to me, “We’re going to have a White Satin Cocktail”.


The Rose du Bermudiana cocktail


Juice of half a lemon

60 ml White Satin gin

30 ml apricot brandy

30 ml of grenadine

1 teaspoon of sugar


Shake the ingredients well in a shaker with ice chips and serve.


Effervescent Argenté Cocktail


Crushed ice

4 dashes of lime

1 teaspoon of sugar

Egg white

1 measure of wine glass of White Satin Gin


Fill a shaker with 3/4 of crushed ice, add the ingredients and shake well. Add seltzer water and serve.



While it may be hard to find the original bottle which has been discontinued, here you can find other selections of Burnett’s White Satin


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.

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