Metropole
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Metropole
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4.8 / 5
The Metropole cocktail is a sophisticated blend steeped in history, combining the richness of Cognac with the nuanced vermouth, enhanced by the complexity of both orange and Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters. ... more The Metropole cocktail is a sophisticated blend steeped in history, combining the richness of Cognac with the nuanced vermouth, enhanced by the complexity of both orange and Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters. Its flavor profile balances the warmth of brandy with the herbal, slightly sweet vermouth, all while the bitters add a layer of depth with their citrus and floral notes. Often served in a cocktail glass, the Metropole emerges as a classic choice for those appreciating a cocktail with a storied past and a refined taste. This drink, perfect for savoring on special occasions or as a pre-dinner aperitif, encapsulates elegance in a glass. Its ingredients and presentation underscore its standing as a timeless cocktail choice for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.
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Cognac
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26.67% | 1.68 units *
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Classic

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Metropole cocktail is a beautifully orchestrated blend that, through the luxurious warmth of Cognac and the aromatic whisper of white vermouth, creates an elegant and smoothly sophisticated taste. The thoughtful dashes of both orange and Peychaud's Bitters enliven the concoction, offering a subtly spiced, floral complexity that makes this drink not just a beverage but a refined experience for a discerning palate.

Method
How to make a Metropole

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by stirring all the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, ensuring they're fully combined
Aim to stir for about 10-15 seconds
Once the ingredients are well mixed and chilled, strain the mixture into a glass that has been pre-chilled in the freezer or fridge
This helps keep your cocktail cold for a longer period
Enjoy your expertly mixed drink right away for the best taste and experience

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Metropole cocktail?

The Metropole cocktail hails from the late 19th to early 20th century, named after the Hotel Metropole in New York City, one of the first hotels in the city to have a lobby bar. This cocktail is a testament to the era's fascination with sophisticated, spirit-forward drinks, gaining popularity among the social elite.

FAQ

What does the Metropole cocktail taste like?

The Metropole cocktail offers a nuanced blend of flavors. The cognac provides a rich, fruity base, complemented by the herbal and slightly sweet notes of the white vermouth. The orange and Peychaud's bitters add layers of spicy, floral, and bitter undertones, making for a complex and refined tasting experience.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another spirit for the cognac in a Metropole cocktail?

While cognac is a key component of the traditional Metropole cocktail, offering depth and warmth, it's possible to experiment with substitutions for a different flavor profile. Brandy is the closest substitute, offering similar characteristics. However, using whiskey or rum could introduce intriguing variations, albeit straying from the classic taste.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Metropole cocktail?

Creating a non-alcoholic version of the Metropole cocktail involves substituting the cognac and vermouth with non-alcoholic alternatives, such as alcohol-free spirits that mimic their flavors. You can still use the same bitters, as they contribute a negligible amount of alcohol. This version maintains the cocktail's sophisticated taste without the alcohol.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion for serving a Metropole cocktail?

The Metropole cocktail, with its elegant and complex flavor profile, is perfect for formal gatherings, sophisticated dinner parties, or as a refined after-dinner cocktail. Its rich history and depth of flavor also make it an excellent choice for aficionados looking to explore classic cocktails with a storied past.

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