The Grandfather

Simple, sophisticated, slightly exotic, and with a bit of a bite, this cocktail’s aromatic and intense flavors, like Hartnell’s original characterization of our beloved Doctor, is sure to be a mysterious and necessary addition to your cocktail library.


2 oz Gin (Hendricks or better)
¼ oz Creme de Violette
¼ oz Triple Sec

Shake and strain all ingredients in a chilled stemmed cocktail glass.

Portrayed by William Hartnell, the first and original incarnation of The Doctor appears as a mysterious and curmudgeonly grandfather figure. As the series begins, The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman is taking classes in then-contemporary London when her schoolteachers Ian and Barbara, intrigued at her unearthly knowledge of math and science, follow her to the junkyard where the TARDIS is disguised as an old police box. The Doctor attempts to run away and unwittingly takes Ian and Barbara back to 10,000 BC. Thus begins The Doctor’s journeys through space and time. The first incarnation of The Doctor was on television from 1963 to 1966, when Hartnell left due to his failing health, prompting then-producer Innes Lloyd to come up with the notion that The Doctor is an alien and capable of changing his appearance. His companions included Susan Foreman (who called him “Grandfather”), Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Vicki, Steven Taylor, Dodo Chaplet, Polly, and Ben Jackson.