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.

Tuxedo recipe

  • 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

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour in 3 cl of Old Tom gin.
  3. Add 3 cl of dry Vermouth.
  4. Add 1/2 barspoon of Maraschino to the mixing glass.
  5. Add 1/4 barspoon of Absinthe to the mixing glass.
  6. Add 3 dashes of orange bitters to the mix.
  7. Stir all ingredients together for about 30 seconds.
  8. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
  9. 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

  1. Tuxedo is a classic cocktail made with gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe.
  2. It originated in the late 1800s and was named after the fashionable Tuxedo Club in New York.
  3. 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.
  4. The cocktail has been referenced in literature, including in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
  5. The Tuxedo is sometimes garnished with a twist of lemon peel for added flavor and visual appeal.