This cocktail has been my go-to this week. Slightly sweet, but strong enough to hold its own next to a traditional martini. The Tuxedo cocktail was first recorded in the 1880’s; some say it comes from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual of 1882, while others claim the cocktail made its first appearance in Lippincott’s monthly magazine: Volume 41 – Page 493 in 1888. Another uncertainty surrounds the cocktail’s origins; it is most commonly believed that the Tuxedo cocktail was created at the Tuxedo Park Club in New York’s Ramapo Mountains. The Tuxedo Club, however, did not open until 1886, and one of the earliest known recordings of this concoction dates back to 1882 – we’ll let you do the math. While this cocktail has some uncertain origins, one thing is certain: this cocktail is perfect for a cold winter night.
1 oz Old Tom gin (Hayman’s Old Tom)
1 oz dry vermouth (we substituted Lillet)
½ bar-spoon Maraschino
¼ bar-spoon Absinthe
3 dashes orange bitters (homemade)
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain in to a cocktail glass. The traditional recipe calls to garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a lemon zest twist.