adonis cocktail with sherry

Adonis Cocktail with Sherry

During the pre-prohibition days, sherry was being used in cocktails quite extensively. All the important cocktail books from this era contain several recipes that call for sherry. The Sherry Cobbler and the Bamboo are perhaps the most notable of all the sherry cocktails from this time. However, there is another classic sherry libation that deserves and is getting quite a bit of attention lately: The Adonis.

Who invented the Adonis cocktail?

Sometime in the mid-1880s, the Adonis was created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was invented in honor of a burlesque musical on Broadway called Adonis by William Gill. Adonis was the first show to make it to 500 performances, which at the time made it the longest running production in Broadway’s history.

The Adonis and the Bamboo are very closely related, with the Adonis having a much broader flavor profile. The beauty of this cocktail lies in its simplicity: equal parts dry sherry and sweet vermouth with two dashes of orange bitters. Our take on this famed sherry classic uses amontillado sherry and sherry vermut, which gives this tasty beverage some serious depth and complexity.

What is the best vermouth for an Adonis cocktail?

Vermut for Adonis cocktail

Although most recipes call for Italian sweet vermouth, any sweet, red vermouth will work best in the Adonis, specially Lustau Vermut Rojo, which will combine very well with the amontillado sherry. Lustau Vermut Rojo is a perfect blend of two sherry wines each aged individually in the traditional, authentic “Solera y Criaderas” System: An amontillado, dry and nutty, with character. A pedro Ximénez, sweet, intense, and velvety. A perfect vermouth for a complex Adonis.

Best sherry for an Adonis is: Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos

Any dry, oxidative sherry will work nicely as they enhance the flavor profile of sweet vermouth. Our recipe calls for Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos, aged for equal periods under “flor” and in contact with the oxygen, in Jerez de la Frontera. This dry amontillado acquires a genuine, rich, and nutty flavor that will provide a smooth, rounded texture to our Adonis.

Adonis with Sherry ingredients

Adonis recipe – How to make an Adonis cocktail with Sherry

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass

Add ice, stir, and strain into a chilled coupe glass

Express orange oil over the cocktail and garnish with the orange twist.

Adonis variations

Adonis with Quinquina

Manhattan/Adonis Hybrid


What are low ABV cocktails?

Low ABV drinks generally have a much lower alcohol content than most cocktails, with the ABV being around 5%. Check this article about Low ABV Cocktails and the role sherry plays here.

What is a highball adonis cocktail?

A highball Adonis cocktail is simply a standard Adonis served over ice and topped with club soda.

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