The Tuxedo is a simple affair, made of gin, sherry and orange bitters, that will give any traditional martini a run for its money in dryness. One of the most prominent old cocktail books to feature this recipe was issued by the Waldorf-Astoria hotel bar in 1934. Jarred Roth, beverage director of the Bar Room at the Beekman in New York, gives the drink an added herbal touch by applying a light rinse of absinthe to the glass. To achieve a more traditional Tuxedo flavor profile, simply omit the absinthe.
- Serves: 1 person
- Absinthe, preferably St. George Absinthe Verte (optional)
- 2 ½ounces gin, preferably Greenhook
- ½ounce manzanilla sherry
- 2dashes orange bitters, preferably Regan’s
- Lemon twist, for garnish
Step 1Chill a coupe glass. Rinse with absinthe, if using, then toss out excess liquid.
Step 2In a mixing glass three-quarters filled with ice, stir the gin, sherry and bitters until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into the coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.