Decadent, rich, and more herbal than a Manhattan
It’s nice to know how to make a cocktail with a bit of history. The drink itself offers time tested flavor (if it’s been around a while there must be something good about it) and the history, well, it’s fun to know and can be a talking point if conversation falls silent … or prey to controversy.
Cue the Waldorf. With a similar flavor profile to the Manhattan, it’s got the taste of bourbon steeped in herbal decadence and a history that dates back to prohibition. Concocted at the original Waldorf Hotel, you can inform your guests that there was, in fact, a Waldorf before there was a Waldorf-Astoria. Who knew? For the rest of that story we suggest you do some Googling, but for a recipe that calls for a coupe washed in absinthe look no further than what’s below.
1792 Waldorf Cocktail Ingredients:
- Absinthe, to rinse
- 2 oz. 1792 Bourbon
- 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist, for garnish
1792 Waldorf Cocktail Directions:
- Rinse a chilled coupe with absinthe and set aside.
- Combine bourbon, vermouth, and bitter in a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold.
- Strain into coupe.
- Garnish with lemon twist.
Editor’s Note: Cocktail Photo by Robert Svebeck on Unsplash