Tuxedo Cocktail Original

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (29 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist & Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

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Review:

I've tried this recipe with 2 to 3 dashes of Angostura and also orange bitters, but I prefer it with 2 dashes of both aromatic (Angostura) and orange bitters, so honouring Johnson, MacElhone, Mahoney and Grohusko. The result is a very aromatic semi-Dry Martini.

Variant:

Tuxedo No. 1 (Savoy & Duffy's recipe) - equal parts dry gin and dry vermouth with lemon peel and absinthe.
Tuxedo No. 2 (Savoy & Duffy's recipe) - equal parts dry gin and dry vermouth with maraschino, orange bitters and absinthe.
Tuxedo No. 3 (Lowe & Straub's recipe) - two-thirds dry gin to one-third dry vermouth with sherry, maraschino, absinthe and aromatic bitters.
Tuxedo No.4 (AKA Tussetto) - two-thirds dry gin to one-third dry sherry with orange bitters.
Tuxedo (Difford's recipe) - as per the "Original" but with dry sherry and some balancing sweetness by splitting dry and bianco vermouths.
Flora Bar's Tuxedo No.2 - in an absinthe-rinsed glass with dry gin, bianco vermouth, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters.

History:

Based on the earliest Tuxedo recipe I'm aware of in Harry Johnson's Bartenders Manual (1900 and later editions). The same recipe, bar the odd dash of bitters, also appears in Jack's Bar Manual by Jacob Abraham Grohusko (1910), Hoffman House Bartender's Guide by Charles Mahoney (1912) and Barflies & Cocktails by Harry MacElhone (1927).

All four of the revered bartenders stipulate equal parts old tom (sweet) gin and French (dry) vermouth with one dash each of maraschino and absinthe, but Grohusko's recipe adds 3 dashes Angostura Bitters; while MacElhone, Mahoney & Johnson call for orange bitters in place of the Angostura.
Also see: Tuxedo cocktail history

Nutrition:

One serving of Tuxedo Cocktail Original contains 151 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.7 standard drinks
  • 25.36% alc./vol. (50.72° proof)
  • 23.3 grams of pure alcohol
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