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The Adonis Cocktail, a careful blend of sherry and vermouth, draws inspiration from both classic cocktail traditions and contemporary tastes. Sherry, a fortified wine with a rich history, brings depth and complexity to the drink. Its nutty undertones and subtle sweetness provide a harmonious base, allowing the vermouth to shine. Vermouth, a fortified and aromatized wine, infuses the cocktail with botanicals and spices, contributing a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. The addition of a few dashes of orange bitters elevates the drink, imparting a refreshing citrusy note that balances the sweetness of the sherry and vermouth.
The Adonis Cocktail’s origins are intertwined with the remarkable success of the musical it pays homage to. The 1884 burlesque show “Adonis” graced the stages of Broadway in the late 19th century, and its popularity soared, marking a significant milestone with over 500 shows. The creators of the cocktail sought to capture the essence of this achievement in a glass—a blend of flavors that would mirror the vibrancy, charm, and artistic flair of the theatrical masterpiece.
At the heart of New York City, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, renowned for its opulence and timeless appeal, was the perfect stage for this new creation. The hotel’s commitment to luxury and innovation provided an ideal backdrop for the Adonis Cocktail’s debut. Much like the musical it celebrated, the cocktail needed to dazzle and captivate, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to experience it.
The mixologists at the Waldorf Astoria, known for their precision and dedication to their craft, meticulously measured and combined each element to achieve a perfect harmony of flavors. This attention to detail and commitment to quality echoed the dedication of the performers and creators of “Adonis” who had worked tirelessly to bring their art to life on the stage.
As guests of the Waldorf Astoria sipped the Adonis Cocktail, they were transported to a world of elegance and refinement. The cocktail’s amber hue shimmered like the footlights of a grand theater, and its complex aroma evoked the anticipation one feels before a captivating performance. With each sip, the Adonis Cocktail unfolded like a well-written script, revealing its layers of taste and leaving a lasting impression that lingered long after the last sip.
45 ml fino sherry
45 ml sweet vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters
Garnish: orange twist
Fill a mixing glass with ice, and add fino sherry, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.
Stir well, until chilled.
Strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.