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Aperitif • Dry
Adonis Cocktail

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This sherry-based aperitif was created in the 1860s at the Waldorf-Astoria in honor of Adonis, an extremely popular Broadway burlesque musical at the time about a hunky male statue who (spoiler alert) comes to life only to find humanity so unbearable that he chooses to turn back to stone. Were he to have been given this velvety cocktail, he might have had a change of heart.

The Essentials

Oloroso Sherry
Sweet Vermouth
Orange Bitters
Bar Spoon
The Details


1.5 oz Oloroso Sherry
1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 hefty dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Twist, for garnish


  • Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir with a bar spoon and strain into a chilled coupe glass using a Julep strainer.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.
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