Metropole

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (50 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Garnish:

Orange zest twist expressed & discarded. Adorn with Skewered Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 1/3 fl oz Cognac (brandy)
1 fl oz Strucchi Dry Vermouth
1/12 fl oz Gomme syrup
2 dash Peychaud's or other Creole-style bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters by Angostura
Loading...

Read about cocktail measures and measuring.

Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Book 17th Edition image

Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Book 17th Edition

Perhaps the world's biggest cocktail book! Certainly, our biggest yet, 624 pages, 6cm (2.3inch) thick and weighing 2.25kg (5lb). Our Seventeenth Edition

Buy it here
Easy Jigger image

Easy Jigger

The Easy Jigger® is a measure designed for use when making cocktails, primarily in the home but also by professional bartenders. It has a unique design

Buy it here

Review:

A Cognac Manhattan mellowed by a dash of sugar.

History:

The Metropole first appears in George J. Kappeler's 1895 Modern American Drinks and was the signature cocktail of the Hotel Metropole, located just off Times Square at Broadway and 42nd Street. It is a subtle adaptation of the 1884 Metropolitan Cocktail.

Metropole Cocktail.
Two dashes gum-syrup, two dashes Peyschaud bitters, one dash orange bitters, half a jigger brandy, half a jigger French vermouth, a mixing-glass half-full fine ice. Mix, strain into cocktail-glass, add maraschino cherry.

George J. Kappeler, Modern American Drinks, 1895

The Hotel Metropole opened on 27th April 1889 after proprietors Greene & Putney acquired the failed Rossmore Hotel and combined it with the neighbouring hotel at the corner of 42nd Street. This was the first hotel in New York City to have running water in every room but had a less than salubrious reputation due to the clientele its all-night licensed street-level Café Metropole attracted.

As Albert Stevens Crockett says of this cocktail in his 1931 The Old Waldorf Bar Days, "Attributed to a once well known and somewhat lively hotel, whose bar was a long centre of life after dark in the Times Square district."

The hotel was demolished in 1984, and the Times Square Tower now occupies the site.

Nutrition:

One serving of Metropole contains 127 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.3 standard drinks
  • 25.08% alc./vol. (50.16° proof)
  • 18.4 grams of pure alcohol
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above. Values stated for alcohol and calorie content, and number of drinks an ingredient makes should be considered approximate.

Join the Discussion


... comment(s) for Metropole

You must log in to your account to make a comment.

Report comment

You must be logged in to upvote or downvote a comment

Click here to login
Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Book 17th Edition image

Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Book 17th Edition

Perhaps the world's biggest cocktail book! Certainly, our biggest yet, 624 pages, 6cm (2.3inch) thick and weighing 2.25kg (5lb). Our Seventeenth Edition

Buy it here
Easy Jigger image

Easy Jigger

The Easy Jigger® is a measure designed for use when making cocktails, primarily in the home but also by professional bartenders. It has a unique design

Buy it here
Welcome to Difford's Guide

All editorial and photography on this website is copyright protected

© Odd Firm of Sin 2024