Tuxedo cocktail

Tuxedo cocktail
The Tuxedo cocktail is the ancestor of many modern cocktails and is a strong, aromatic drink. The tuxedo comprises several ingredients; gin and dry vermouth, orange bitter, absinthe with the sweet touch brought by some maraschino (cherry) liqueur.
Tuxedo cocktail is believed to be invented in the Tuxedo Club, which was built in New York between 1885-1886 by tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard and became the home to high society of the time.
It is believed that men had to wear Tuxedo jackets for their Club visits to protect their clothes from tobacco smoke which might have inspired the cocktail name.
Total Time: 5 mins


  • coupe glass


  • 30 ml dry gin (Old Tom)
  • 30 ml dry vermouth
  • ½ tsp maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ tsp absinthe
  • 3 drops orange bitters

to garnish

  • 1 orange (or lemon) twist
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Chill a coupe glass. Rinse it with absinthe. Toss out excess liquid and keep aside.
  • Mix gin, vermouth, absinthe, liqueur and orange bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well until chilled.
  • Strain the liquid into the waiting coupe glass.
  • Garnish with the orange (or lemon) twist and a cherry.


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Maraschino liqueur is obtained from the distillation of Marasca cherries. They are small, slightly sour fruits of the Tapiwa cherry tree that create the unique aroma of the liqueur.

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