Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Leah Hall
Make this Adonis cocktail recipe for a great sipper with just three ingredients. A classic for a reason!
The Adonis is made with equal parts sherry and vermouth. This cocktail can pair well with tapas or savory bites. Great low alcohol sipper.
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The Adonis Cocktail
The Adonis was named after the 1884 Broadway burlesque show by William Gill called Adonis, which is often credited as the first ever Broadway musical. While the show enjoyed its popularity, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City made a cocktail in its honor. They used a base of sherry with orange bitters and sweet vermouth. To this day it remains one of the most successful sherry based aperitif cocktails.
The Adonis cocktail has a smaller alcohol content than most cocktails, which can be a plus before a meal, more potent drinks can ruin your palate. The flavor of this Adonis cocktail is a tasty blend of the dry nuttiness of the sherry and bitterness of the vermouth.
What Sherry Should I Use?
A fino or manzanilla is great in this cocktail. If you want a richer sherry without added sweetness, go with an Oloroso or Amontillado.
What Vermouth Should I Use?
Pick a rich sweet vermouth like Contratto Vermouth Rosso, which is bright, fruity and wine like. Or even Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, which is bitter and has chocolate notes. Dolin Rouge is floral, and is also a great fit, and compliments the sherry well. .
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This Adonis cocktail is a great low ABV cocktail for before a meal. Rich in flavor with the combo of sherry and sweet vermouth, this one is a fun sherry based cocktail.
- 1.50 ounce Sherry (Fino or Manzanilla)
- 1.50 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- orange peel for garnish
- Combine sherry, sweet vermouth and bitters in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill, about 20 seconds.
- Strain into cocktail glass, garnish with orange peel.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Carbohydrates: 1.7g
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