Deshler Cocktail

Difford's Guide
User Rating (5 ratings)

Serve in

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Orange zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Straight rye whiskey (100 proof / 50% alc./vol.)
1 1/2 fl oz Dubonnet/French rouge aromatised wine
1/6 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40%)
2 dash Peychaud's or other Creole-style bitters
2 twist Orange peel
1 twist Lemon peel
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Review:

A dry Manhattan-like cocktail with zesty citrus. Some will object to the scummy head caused by shaking rather than stirring but a Deshler must be shaken.

History:

According to cointreau.com (the brand's official website), "This is probably the first cocktail created in New York with Cointreau." First published in Hugo R. Ensslin's 1917 Recipes for Mixed Drinks.

DESHLER COCKTAIL
½ jigger Rye Whiskey
½ jigger Dubonnet
2 dashes Peychaud Bitters
2 dashes Cointreau Triple Sec.
1 piece Lemon Peel
2 pieces Orange Peel
Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve with a twist of orange peel on top.

Hugo R. Ensslin, 1917

The above recipe proved so enduring that some 40 years later it appears little changed in Patrick Gavin Duffy's 1956 The Official Mixer's Manual:

Deshler
1 Jigger Rye whiskey
1 Jigger Dubonnet
2 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
2 Dashes Cointreau
2 Twists Orange Peel
1 Twist Lemon Peel
Shake well with ice and strain into glass. Serve with a twist of lemon peel.

Patrick Gavin Duffy, 1956

Nutrition:

149 calories

Alcohol content:

  • 1.8 standard drinks
  • 26.57% alc./vol. (53.14° proof)
  • 25.4 grams of pure alcohol
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