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American Beauty Cocktail
American Beauty Cocktail

American Beauty is cocktail number seven on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Quite a few different cocktail recipes are named the American Beauty Cocktail, but this one dates back to at least 1913 when it appeared in Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks as a punch.

Jacques Straub, Straub's Manual of Mixed Drinks (Chicago, Illinois : 1913), p. 106, Punches, American Beaty Punch.
Jacques Straub, Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks (Chicago, Illinois : 1913), p. 106, Punches, “American Beauty Punch”.

American Beauty cocktail recipe

American Beauty cocktail recipe
American Beauty cocktail recipe

1/3 Brandy, 1/3 Dry Vermouth, 1/3 Orange juice, dash white Creme de Menthe, 1 dash Grenadine. Shake with ice, top carefully with a little Port.

Ingredients used:

  • E & J Brandy
  • Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Dow’s 2000 Vintage Port
  • Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe
  • Rose’s Grenadine
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice

American Beauty cocktail review

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Greg: 🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸

A spectacular cocktail! The American Beauty is one of those cocktails that you have to remind yourself that it has quite a bit of spirits or you’d head back in to make another, and another…

We used a 20 year old vintage port because it was open, and probably a tad more than a little, but most likely any decent vintage port would be fine in this delectable beverage.

Next up… Cocktail #8, Applejack Sour

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