The Adonis is cocktail number one on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Adonis cocktail history
A mixture of dry sherry, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters, the Adonis cocktail was reportedly created in celebration of the Broadway musical, Adonis, reaching its 500th performance on 7 January 1886.
The Adonis cocktail was included in Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking in 1900, page 22, and also appeared in 1913 in Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks on page 9.
Adonis cocktail recipe
Swank Cocktail Guide recipe: 2/3 Dry Sherry, 1/2 Sweet Vermouth, 1 dash Orange Bitters. Stir with ice and strain into glass.
- Savory and James Fino Dry Sherry
- Gallo Sweet Vermouth
- Angostura Orange Bitters
Adonis cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale
The Adonis tastes a bit like Tawny Port. We both like Tawny Port but, as a cocktail hour/pre-dinner beverage, were a bit take or leave it with this one. We averaged 2.5 cocktails with the 🍸 rating.
Next up… Cocktail #2, The Affinity.