Back in the days of Harry Craddock and Jerry Thomas, a simple ingredient swap, or even a garnish change, often dictated a completely different name for a cocktail. In this case we have a base of gin, paired with lemon/lime juice and Angostura bitters. Add some maraschino and you have the Aviation; add some Cointreau and you have the Pegu Club; or in this instance, add some apricot brandy and you have the Barnum Was Right Cocktail.

This cocktail is fairly well balanced, although mostly unremarkable; the apricot flavors pairing decently with the gin, and the bitters keeping the whole drink from becoming overly cloying. Maybe Barnum, or more accurately George Hull, was right. There is a sucker born every minute.

Barnum Was Right
2 oz Gin
1 oz Apricot Brandy
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

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