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Adonis Cocktail

Photo: Joann Pai

Recipe reprinted from Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way. Copyright © 2018 by Rebekah Peppler. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Joann Pai. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Adonis Cocktail

The perfect weeknight aperitif.

The Adonis cocktail dates back to the mid-1880s and was named in honor of the first Broadway musical to run for more than 500 performances. Simple and low in alcohol, it’s the perfect weeknight aperitif.


  • 1½ oz. fino or manzanilla sherry
  • 1½ oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Tools:mixing glass, barspoon
  • Glass:cocktail or wine glass


Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled glass. Pinch an orange peel to express the citrus oils over the top of the drink. Discard the orange peel.

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