Tuxedo is a classic cocktail made with gin, vermouth, and a dash of maraschino liqueur. It is typically garnished with a cherry and a twist of lemon peel.
- 3 cl gin (Old Tom)
- 3 cl dry Vermouth
- 1/2 barspoon Maraschino
- 1/4 barspoon Absinthe
- 3 dashes orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and a twist of lemon zest.
Directions for how to make the Tuxedo
- Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Pour in 3 cl of Old Tom gin.
- Add 3 cl of dry Vermouth.
- Add 1/2 barspoon of Maraschino to the mixing glass.
- Add 1/4 barspoon of Absinthe to the mixing glass.
- Add 3 dashes of orange bitters to the mix.
- Stir all ingredients together for about 30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish the drink with a cherry and a twist of lemon zest.
Tips for how to make the perfect Tuxedo
- Chill the serving glass beforehand by filling it with ice or placing it in the freezer for a few minutes.
- Use high-quality ingredients, including good quality brandy and crème de cacao. The flavors will be more prominent and an overall better taste will be achieved.
- Mix the drink using a shaker for a smooth and delicious cocktail.
- Garnish the drink with a lemon twist for an extra touch of elegance.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Tuxedo
One alcohol free alternative to the Tuxedo cocktail could be a mocktail made with tonic water, grapefruit juice, and a splash of grenadine syrup. This refreshing and fruity beverage is similar in appearance to the Tuxedo with its rosy hue and garnish of citrus peel. Additionally, tonic water provides a bittersweet taste that gives the mocktail a hint of complexity and sophistication, as with the Tuxedo’s use of dry vermouth. The grapefruit juice adds tartness and gives the drink a zesty kick, and the grenadine syrup provides a hint of sweetness and a subtle floral note. This alcohol-free mocktail version of the Tuxedo is perfect for those who want to enjoy a sophisticated and elegant drink without the added effects of alcohol.
Tuxedo fun facts
- Tuxedo is a classic cocktail made with gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe.
- It originated in the late 1800s and was named after the fashionable Tuxedo Club in New York.
- The Tuxedo can be served straight up, on the rocks, or as a variation known as the Tuxedo No. 2, which substitutes orange bitters for absinthe.
- The cocktail has been referenced in literature, including in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
- The Tuxedo is sometimes garnished with a twist of lemon peel for added flavor and visual appeal.