Joe Gilmore

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Joe Gilmore (19 May 1922 – 18 December 2015)[1] was one of the longest running Head Barmen at The Savoy Hotel's American Bar. He was born in Belfast and moved to London in 1938.[2] Gilmore started as a trainee barman at The American Bar in 1940 and was appointed Head Barman in 1955, a position he held until he retired in 1976. Over his years as Head Barman, Gilmore invented numerous cocktails to mark special events and important guests, a longstanding tradition at the American Bar. Gilmore has invented cocktails in honor of a number of royalty, politicians and celebrities including The Prince of Wales, Prince William, The Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Prince Andrew, Sir Winston Churchill, and American Presidents Harry S. Truman and Richard Nixon. He also invented cocktails to commemorate the first walk on the moon in 1969 by Neil Armstrong, and the American and Russian link-up in space in 1975.

In addition to serving five generations of royals at private receptions and parties, Gilmore has also served Errol Flynn, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Grace Kelly, George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Noël Coward, Agatha Christie, Alice Faye, Ingrid Bergman, Julie Andrews, Laurence Olivier Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

Gilmore retired from the Savoy in 1976 and died in 2015.[2]

Cocktails created by Joe Gilmore[edit]

The Blenheim[edit]

The Blenheim
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created for Sir Winston Churchill’s ninetieth birthday. It is also known as the Four Score and Ten.

Churchill[edit]

Churchill
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created for Sir Winston Churchill on one of his many visits to The Savoy.

Common Market[edit]

Common Market
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created to mark Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973, using drinks from all the member states.

Four Score (1955)[edit]

Four Score
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishLemon
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir together with ice, strain into glass, garnish with a twisted lemon rind
NotesThis cocktail is very similar to The Blenheim

Created for Sir Winston Churchill’s eightieth birthday.

Golden Doublet[edit]

Golden Doublet
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into champagne cocktail glass, and fill with champagne.

Created in 1973 to commemorate the wedding of HRH The Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips. Doublet was the name of the Princess’s horse on which she participated in the European Championships in 1973.

Kensington Court Special[edit]

Kensington Court Special
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 1 part Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 part Lime Juice
  • 1 part Apricot Brandy
  • 3 parts Vodka
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created for Sir David Davies.

Link Up[edit]

Link Up
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake well, serve on the rocks.

Created in 1975 to mark the American and Russians link up in Space, the Apollo–Soyuz project. The Link Up cocktail was sent to the U.S. and U.S.S.R. for the astronauts to enjoy when they returned from their mission. When told this by NASA as they linked up in Space, they responded, "Tell Joe we want it up here".

Lorraine[edit]

Lorraine
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir with ice, strain into glass, and serve.

Created to mark President Charles de Gaulle’s State visit to Britain after the Second World War.

Missouri Mule[edit]

Missouri Mule
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

The Missouri Mule cocktail was created for President Harry S Truman. The cocktail commemorates Truman's homestate of Missouri and the donkey mascot of the Democratic Party (a mule is a hybrid of a donkey and a horse).

Moonwalk[edit]

Moonwalk
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake well, strain into wine glass and top up with champagne.

Created in 1969 to mark the first moon landing. The cocktail was the first drink the American astronauts had when they returned to Earth.[3] A letter of thanks was later sent from Neil Armstrong to Joe Gilmore.

My Fair Lady[edit]

My Fair Lady
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created to mark Julie Andrews’ first night in the musical My Fair Lady.

Nixon[edit]

Nixon
Cocktail
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnisha slice of fresh peach and a cherry
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir and serve on the rocks, garnish.

Created in 1969 to mark American President Richard Nixon's visit to Britain.[4] The cocktail was mixed at the American bar and then sent over to Claridge's where Nixon was staying.

Powerscourt[edit]

Powerscourt
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created for Sarah, Duchess of York’s

The Ed Shelly[edit]

The Ed Shelly
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Snifter Glass (Brandy).svg
Snifter
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together. Serve straight or with one ice cube

Created for Edward Shelly at his request.

Prince of Wales[edit]

Prince of Wales
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Flute Glass.svg
Champagne flute
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationBlend and then pour into a champagne glass and fill with champagne.

Created to mark the Investiture of HRH The Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.[citation needed].

Royal Arrival[edit]

Royal Arrival
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created in 1960 to mark the birth of HRH The Prince Andrew.

Savoy Affair[edit]

Savoy Affair
Cocktail
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnisha strawberry
Standard drinkwareChampagne cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass, and fill with champagne and garnish.

Created by Joe Gilmore at the Atlantic Hotel, Hamburg, Germany.

Savoy Royale[edit]

Savoy Royale
Cocktail
TypeMixed drink
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkwareChampagne glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 1/2 peach
  • 2 strawberries
  • Teaspoon of sugar
PreparationLiquidise, strain into a champagne glass and fill with champagne.

Created for HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on one of her private visits to The Savoy.

Savoy Corpse Reviver[edit]

Savoy Corpse Reviver
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a glass.

The corpse revivers are a series of hangover cures invented during prohibition. This recipe is a variation invented by Gilmore in 1954.

Wolfram[edit]

Wolfram
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Created in 1990 to commemorate the election of John Wolff Director of Rudolf Wolff as Chairman of the London Metal Exchange. "Wolfram" is another name for the element tungsten.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nincevich, Stefano (23 December 2015). "Peter Dorelli e il "suo" Joe Gilmore". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Joe Gilmore, barman - obituary". The Telegraph. January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Harry Craddock (1999). The Savoy Cocktail Book. Pavilion Books.. This is in the preface to the 1999 edition.
  4. ^ Schmid, A.W.A.; Fearing, D. (2010). The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook. University Press of Kentucky. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-8131-3956-2. Retrieved January 28, 2017.

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