Hotel Georgia Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Hotel Georgia cocktail is a classic that hails from the golden age of cocktails, believed to have originated in the 1940s at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, Canada. It's a sophisticated choice, often favored by those who appreciate a balance between citrus and floral notes with the creamy texture provided by the egg white.

  • A nod to the classic era of cocktail craftsmanship
  • Named after the historic hotel where it was first concocted
  • Enjoys popularity among connoisseurs of vintage cocktails

How Hotel Georgia Tastes?

The Hotel Georgia cocktail offers a delightful blend of flavors. It's slightly sweet from the orgeat, with a refreshing citrus tang from the lemon juice. The floral essence of orange blossom water adds a subtle, aromatic touch, while the egg white provides a silky texture. The nutmeg garnish introduces a warm, spicy note to the finish.

Interesting facts about Hotel Georgia

  • The Hotel Georgia cocktail is often associated with the resurgence of classic cocktails.
  • The use of egg white in cocktails dates back to the 19th century and is used to create a frothy texture.
  • Orgeat syrup, a sweet almond-flavored syrup, is a key ingredient in this cocktail and is also used in other classic drinks like the Mai Tai.


  • Egg white: 1
  • Fresh lemon juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Orgeat syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Plymouth gin: 1.75 oz(53ml)
  • Orange blossom water: 6 drops
  • Whole nutmeg: for garnish

A few good options for Hotel Georgia are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Egg White

The egg white provides a silky texture and a lovely frothy top when shaken, which not only looks inviting but also gives the cocktail a smooth mouthfeel. Skimping on the egg white would take away that frothiness, while too much could overpower other flavors.

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Plymouth Gin

It's the canvas of our cocktail painting – a smooth, slightly less juniper-forward gin. If it's swapped for a more robust gin, you can expect a more pronounced piney flavor that could overshadow the delicate nuttiness and floral notes.

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Orgeat Syrup

This almond-flavored syrup adds a sweet depth and nutty complexity, complementing the gin's botanicals. If you decrease the orgeat, the drink could become too tart; increase it, and you might find yourself in a sweet almond hug that's a bit too tight.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

Providing tang and zing, fresh lemon juice cuts through sweetness and enriches the overall freshness. Less juice would dull the cocktail's vibrancy, more might pucker your lips beyond comfort.

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Orange Blossom Water

Just a few drops bring a fragrant floral nose to the mix, turning our concoction into a lush garden in a glass. Too much, though, and you’ll feel like you're drinking perfume instead of a balanced beverage.

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Whole Nutmeg

Our final touch, a mere grating of nutmeg, adds a spicy warmth and aromatic garnish that brings everything together. Without it, you’d miss out on an olfactory tickle that teases the senses just before a sip.

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Recipe. How to make Hotel Georgia Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the egg white, gin, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, and orange blossom water.
  2. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds without ice to emulsify the egg white.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and continue shaking vigorously for another 20 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Grate fresh nutmeg over the surface of the drink to garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Ensure that the egg white is fresh for the best froth and texture.
  • Shake the cocktail first without ice (dry shake) to properly emulsify the egg white, then with ice to chill it.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a brighter, more vibrant flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Seafood Plates: Light seafood dishes, especially those with a citrus or almond note, harmonize beautifully with the nutty and citrusy notes of the Hotel Georgia.
  • Poultry Entrees: Try pairing with a lemon chicken or turkey piccata to complement the cocktail's lemon juice.
  • Desserts: A classic almond tart or citrus-based desserts would be a delectable match.


  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips, a neutral sparkling water would do nicely.
  • Light White Wine: If alternating with alcohol, a crisp and fruity white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, would go alongside tastefully.

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What you could change in Hotel Georgia

  • If Plymouth gin is not available, any high-quality dry gin can be used as a substitute.
  • Almond syrup can be used in place of orgeat if necessary, though the flavor profile will slightly change.
  • For those who are vegan or allergic to eggs, aquafaba can be used as a substitute for egg white to create the frothy texture.

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Honeyed Georgia

  • Substitute orgeat syrup with honey syrup.
  • The honey will bring a richer, floral sweetness to the mix and create a smooth cocktail with a gentle and comforting flavor profile.

Spiced Georgia

  • Along with nutmeg, add a pinch of cinnamon and clove.
  • These warm spices will accentuate the nutty and citrus notes while introducing a comforting, wintery vibe.

Bourbon Georgia

  • Replace Plymouth gin with bourbon.
  • The bourbon will spice things up with its vanilla and caramel notes, making for a bolder, slightly sweeter Southern twist on the classic.

In case you forgot basics how to make Hotel Georgia

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hotel Georgia

What glassware is recommended for serving the Hotel Georgia cocktail?

A chilled coupe glass is traditionally used for serving the Hotel Georgia to enhance its elegant presentation.

What is orgeat syrup and where can I find it?

Orgeat syrup is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water. It is commonly available at liquor stores or can be made at home.

Can the Hotel Georgia cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, you can batch the cocktail by multiplying the ingredients except for the egg white, which should be added and shaken individually per serving right before serving to ensure proper froth.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Hotel Georgia?

A non-alcoholic version, often called a 'mocktail', can be made by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or by simply omitting the alcohol and increasing the amounts of the other ingredients slightly.

What type of shaker is best for making the Hotel Georgia?

A Boston shaker or a cobbler shaker is best suited for the Hotel Georgia, as they both allow for a good seal when shaking vigorously, essential for emulsifying the egg white.

How important is the garnish for the cocktail?

The garnish of freshly grated nutmeg is important as it adds to the aroma and the overall taste experience of the Hotel Georgia cocktail.

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