Delmonico
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Delmonico
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The Delmonico cocktail is a sophisticated blend that marries the botanical complexity of gin with the rich warmth of cognac, rounded out by the spiced notes of Angostura bitters and ... more The Delmonico cocktail is a sophisticated blend that marries the botanical complexity of gin with the rich warmth of cognac, rounded out by the spiced notes of Angostura bitters and the herbal sweetness of both red and white vermouths. Named after the famed Delmonico’s restaurant in New York, which has a storied history dating back to the 19th century, this cocktail boasts a seamless balance of flavors that makes it a refined choice for a classic cocktail experience. Served in a cocktail glass and often garnished with a citrus peel, its presentation is as elegant as its taste profile. The Delmonico offers a tapestry of flavors that can delight the palate of anyone seeking a drink with depth and heritage.
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Gin
Garnish
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Lemon, orange
Alcohol content
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30.4% | 2.28 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Delmonico

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Decorate with an orange peel or lemon peel and serve
~ This cocktail has several recipes, this is just the one I prefer although sometimes I use less gin if someone is less keen on juniper notes. ~

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·  Stir  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly stir the Delmonico cocktail to achieve the right texture and temperature?

To properly stir the Delmonico, fill a mixing glass with ice and add gin, cognac, both vermouths, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Using a bar spoon, stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to ensure it's well-chilled and properly diluted. This technique ensures the cocktail maintains a silky texture without becoming overly diluted.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Delmonico cocktail for optimal enjoyment?

The Delmonico is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Before pouring the cocktail, you can chill the glass by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes or by filling it with ice water while you prepare the drink. This ensures that the cocktail remains cold and refreshing from the first sip to the last.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use any type of gin for the Delmonico cocktail, or is there a specific kind that works best?

While you can use any type of gin for the Delmonico cocktail, a London Dry Gin is recommended for its crisp, clean flavor that balances well with the cognac and vermouths. The choice of gin can alter the cocktail's final taste, so experimenting with different brands might lead to subtle variations in the drink's profile.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Delmonico compare to other classic cocktails?

The Delmonico has an alcohol content of 30.4%, placing it on the higher end of the spectrum for classic cocktails, which generally range from 15% to 40% alcohol by volume. Its composition of gin, cognac, and vermouths contributes to its comparably higher alcohol content, making it a stronger drink option.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

If I don’t have red vermouth, can I substitute it with another ingredient in the Delmonico cocktail?

If you’re out of red vermouth, you can substitute it with another aromatic sweet vermouth to maintain the cocktail's intended flavor profile. However, keep in mind that different vermouths can have varying levels of sweetness and herbaceous notes, which might slightly alter the taste of your Delmonico cocktail.

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