Adonis (à la Oloroso)

Adonis (à la Oloroso)

A 19th-century classic, the stirred, vermouth-forward Adonis was invented at the Waldorf Astoria’s bar in New York and named after a Broadway musical. A classic Adonis is often made with a lighter fino or manzanilla sherry. Swapping in oloroso here further deepens the drink’s rich flavor and silky texture, making it an ideal, low-A.B.V. cold weather apéritif. If you prefer to use a lighter sherry, shift the proportions to 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth and 1 1/2 ounces fino or manzanilla sherry.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Place a coupe or Nick and Nora glass in the freezer to chill for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour. (Alternatively, fill the coupe with ice and water, stir for 30 seconds, pour out the ice and water, and pour in the drink into the now-chilled glass.)
  2. Step 2

    In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice, combine the vermouth, sherry and orange bitters. Stir until very cold, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Hold the orange peel by its long edges, skin facing down into the glass. Pinch the peel to express the citrus oils in and garnish with the orange peel.