8 Classic Hotel Bar Cocktails To Know

Hotel bars around the world have been revamping their drink programs to draw in thirsty visitors with modern creations, but did you know that some of the cocktail canon’s most iconic recipes originated in hotels? Here are eight of the most enduring examples.

Algonquin
Named for a historic hotel in midtown Manhattan, the classic Algonquin cocktail combines rye whiskey, vermouth and pineapple.

Blue Hawaii
It was in Honolulu, at Waikiki’s shore-hugging Hawaiian Village Hotel, that head bartender Harry Yee is credited with first mixing up the Day-Glo drink that offered a taste of the tropics.

Hanky Panky
A recipe originally credited to Ada Coleman, head bartender at the American Bar in London’s Savoy Hotel in 1925.

Hotel Nacional
Named after the Havana hotel that played host to a notorious set of celebrities back in its heyday.

Queen’s Park Swizzle
The Queen’s Park Swizzle was named for the Trinidadian hotel where it was first concocted in the 1920s.

Rob Roy
The Rob Roy is a three-ingredient cocktail said to have been created in the late 19th century at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Singapore Sling
The Singapore Sling was created at Raffles Hotel (in, naturally, Singapore) at the turn of the 20th century by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon.

Vieux Carre
Invented by bartender Walter Bergeron at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, this classic is named after the French Quarter.


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