Adonis Cocktail

The Adonis cocktail brings together vermouth, a couple styles of sherry, orange bitters, and a twist. A cocktail classic.

Adonis Cocktail

The Adonis cocktail has its origins in the late 1800’s and, as the story goes, was named after the popular Broadway musical about the Greek myth. It’s a sophisticated beverage featuring sweet and dry sherry mingled with sweet vermouth and orange bitters. It also happens to be a low-alcohol cocktail, so we strongly encourage indulging in seconds. We certainly did.–Angie Zoobkoff

Adonis Cocktail

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  • 5 M
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  • Serves 1
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Special Equipment: Long-stemmed coupe (optional)

Ingredients


Directions

In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the bitters, vermouth, and both sherries and stir with a bar spoon.

Strain the cocktail mixture into a long stemmed coupe (or other glass) filled with ice. Garnish with the lemon twist and serve.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

With just 4 straight-up ingredients and a twist, this wonderfully light and tasty Adonis cocktail is at the ready. This is definitely an easy-to-sip aperitif that’s perfect as a before-dinner drink, but I would also consider sipping it all night long. The amber color is lovely and makes me think that it would be delightful over the holidays. The orange bitters add a bit of a spice-filled kick while the vermouth and sherries add a touch of bitterness along with a well-balanced, bittersweet richness. This cocktail is full of flavor and definitely a keeper! Note that it serves one. You might want to consider making a larger batch for all-night sipping. I used Dillon's Small Batch Sweet Vermouth (Canadian) instead of Carpano Antica.

Even though the ingredients for this Adonis cocktail recipe were hard to find, once I mixed it up, I was in love with the subtle flavors of the vermouth and sherry mixed with orange. I can't wait to make more of these flavorful low-alcohol cocktails. I think the cocktail would taste better with a few more dashes of orange bitters and a twist of orange rather than lemon. I used Lustau Amontilado Los Arcos Jerez Xeres, Harvey's Bristol Cream, and Dolin sweet vermouth.

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