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Barbary Coast Cocktail Recipe

Nov 15, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Barbary Coast is a unique cocktail that is a little creamier than most other classic cocktails, which is why it may not be as popular overall, but still has a unique taste and flavor that many find appealing. It certainly contains some sweet ingredients without being over-the-top in terms of many other dessert cocktails out there.

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The term actually was used by Europeans to describe the Berber people of North Africa, as well as a red-light district in San Francisco that thrived through ventures such as gambling and prostitution after the California Gold Rush of 1849. There is even a historical drama film by the same name that was created in 1935.


  • ½ ounce of gin
  • ½ ounce of light rum
  • ½ ounce light crème de cacao
  • ½ ounce of Scotch whisky
  • ½ ounce of cream
  • Ice


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass

The drink is a Prohibition-era drink, which is why it mixes both scotch and gin, in a more “desperate” attempt to contain as much alcohol as possible. It should be noted that a single-malt whisky wouldn’t blend with the scotch well, and thus it is not recommended whatsoever. The term “Barbary Coast” is embedded in popular culture permanently, as well. For example, in the film Frisco Kid; the plot revolves around the famous actor James Cagney “cleaning up” the area by facing the many vigilantes that live there. There was even a short-lived TV series by the same name, where the lead character was played by none other than William Shatner, who became a cultural icon previously in Star Trek. Of course, one doesn’t have to be in San Francisco to enjoy the Prohibition-era drink. Enjoy!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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