The classic Manhattan gets a herbal note from absinthe in the Waldorf Cocktail that dates back to pre-Prohibition.
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The Waldorf was a signature drink created and served at the Waldorf Hotel in New York before it became the Waldorf-Astoria. Boasting similarities with the Manhattan, the cocktail dates back to pre-Prohibition and is featured in The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book 1935 Reprint by Albert Stevens Crockett.
- Dash of Manhattan Bitters
- One-third Whiskey
- One-third Absinthe
- One-third Italian Vermouth
The recipe calls for a coupe washed in absinthe which gives this Manhattan variation a herbal note.
The Waldorf Cocktail Recipe
- 50ml bourbon or rye whiskey
- 25ml sweet vermouth
- absinthe rinse
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Garnish: lemon twist
Rinse a chilled coupette with absinthe and set aside. In a mixing glass with ice, combine bourbon, vermouth and bitters and stir until chilled. Strain into the coupette. Garnish with lemon twist.