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Astoria
Cocktail recipe

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This recipe has been adapted from Albert Stevens Crockett's 1931 'The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book' where it was published alongside the following caption: "After the big annex to the Old ... more This recipe has been adapted from Albert Stevens Crockett's 1931 'The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book' where it was published alongside the following caption: "After the big annex to the Old Waldorf, which at its opening, in 1897, became the main part of the establishment."
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White vermouth
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Lemon
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24% | 2.16 units *

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Ingredients

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Dash Dash Dash
60ml 2oz 6cl
30ml 1oz 3cl

Method
How to make a Astoria

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients with ice to a mixing glass and stir
Strain into a chilled glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Astoria cocktail?

The Astoria cocktail is a classic drink that shares a lineage with the Martini, one of the most iconic cocktails in the world. It originated in the early 20th century, around the same time as the Martini was gaining popularity. Named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, a beacon of luxury and innovation in cocktails, the Astoria offers a slightly different take on the traditional Martini, featuring a higher ratio of dry vermouth to gin and the addition of orange bitters.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of vermouth for the white vermouth in an Astoria?

Yes, you can substitute another type of vermouth for the white vermouth in an Astoria, but it will change the flavor profile. Dry vermouth is the standard choice for an Astoria, providing a crisp, aromatic character. If you use sweet red vermouth, the cocktail will be sweeter and have a richer body, resembling a Manhattan more than a Martini. For a slightly different but related taste, you might try a dry French vermouth or an Italian bianco vermouth, which is slightly sweet and aromatic.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Astoria cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Astoria cocktail is stirred and not shaken to preserve its clarity and texture. Stirring gently combines the ingredients without introducing air bubbles, resulting in a smoother, silkier mouthfeel. Shaking a drink, especially one made entirely of spirits like the Astoria, can lead to aeration and dilution, making the cocktail cloudy and affecting the delicate balance of flavors. Stirring ensures the cocktail remains clear, cold, and well-integrated.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glassware for serving an Astoria?

The ideal glassware for serving an Astoria is a chilled cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass. This type of glass has a wide, shallow bowl and a long stem, which allows the drinker to hold the glass without warming the cocktail with their hand. The shape of the glass also showcases the cocktail's clarity and makes it easy to sip without spilling.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with an Astoria cocktail?

Traditional garnishes for an Astoria cocktail include a lemon twist or an olive. A lemon twist adds a bright, citrus aroma that complements the gin and vermouth, enhancing the cocktail's aromatic qualities. An olive, on the other hand, introduces a savory note that balances the dryness of the drink. For a modern twist, you might consider a cocktail onion or a sprig of fresh herbs, like thyme or rosemary, to add depth and visual appeal.

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