Adonis Cocktail

So, the Adonis Cocktail! I am sure the name Adonis makes quite an impression on you, doesn’t it? It certainly does on me! But why should a drink have that name? Well, here’s the story!

When I first heard of the drink, it was only natural to me to think that it was named after Adonis, the God of desire and beauty of Greek mythology, I am greek after all! Anyway, in a sense, I was kind of right! You see, the cocktail was named after a Broadway musical play named Adonis in 1884, where the main character (Adonis) resembled in a smart way the Greek Mythology God. The play was produced by Edward E. Rice and Henry E. Dixey played the role of Adonis.

The Adonis Cocktail is a drink of low alcohol level and it is served as an aperitif. Its main ingredients are Sherry wine and sweet Vermouth, you will find that the pairing of Spanish and Italian wines to be delightful. Most of the drink’s versions defer on the Sherry-Vermouth ratio and the garnish, some have a lemon peel instead of an orange one.

But how about you take a look at the Adonis Cocktail recipe to see what this is all about?  


  • 75ml / 2,5 parts Fino Sherry Wine
  • 30ml / 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash of Orange Bitters
  • An orange peel (for the garnish)


Pour the Sherry wine, the sweet Vermouth and the bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for a bit (for the drink to have a lower temperature) and then strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass or a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange peel into the glass and your Adonis Cocktail is ready to serve!

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