Jane Russell Cocktail Drink

Jane Russell

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you’re looking for a bold drink to spice up your evening, this Jane Russell Cocktail recipe has you covered! With its rich ingredients and easy steps, you can make this intriguing cocktail quickly.

Jane Russell Cocktail Recipe

Warm up your evenings with this cozy Jane Russell Cocktail recipe! Crafted with rye whiskey, Benedictine, and a hint of chocolate bitters, this sophisticated cocktail is perfect for fall gatherings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

209 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ oz Benedictine
  • ¼ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 dash Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  • Orange twist, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Make sure to chill your cocktail glass.
  • Add Bitters: In the mixing glass, drop 1 dash Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
  • Add Liqueurs: Measure and pour into the glass ¼ oz Benedictine and ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ¼ oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Pour Rye Whiskey: Add 2 oz Rye Whiskey to the mixture.
  • Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled.
  • Strain: Strain the cocktail into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Serve: Enjoy as it is or garnish with an orange twist for an extra touch of elegance.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: if you are out of rye whiskey, Bourbon is a good substitute. You will lose the spicy profile for a sweeter one.
  • Sweet Vermouth: opt for a dry vermouth or a different fortified wine, this substitution will lead to a different tasting experience, with variation in sweetness and herbal notes. 
  • Benedictine: A honey syrup mix and a dash of Angostura bitters can mimic its sweet and herbal notes.
  • Grand Marnier: Triple sec or Cointreau are suitable substitutes, offering the citrus note, though slightly altering the profile.
  • Xocolatl Mole Bitters: If unavailable, a combination of chocolate and angostura bitters can provide a similar depth and complexity.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. You'll need 16 oz of Rye Whiskey, 2 oz of Benedictine, 2 oz of Sweet Vermouth, 2 oz of Grand Marnier, and 8 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir until well chilled.
  • Serve: Strain the cocktail into individual chilled glasses, optionally garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
209
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Potassium
 
13
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.04
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.04
mg
0
%

 

Jane Russell Cocktail Drink

Jane Russell Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Warm up your evenings with this cozy Jane Russell Cocktail recipe! Crafted with rye whiskey, Benedictine, and a hint of chocolate bitters, this sophisticated cocktail is perfect for fall gatherings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 209

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ oz Benedictine
  • ¼ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 dash Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  • Orange twist - optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Make sure to chill your cocktail glass.
  • Add Bitters: In the mixing glass, drop 1 dash Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
  • Add Liqueurs: Measure and pour into the glass ¼ oz Benedictine and ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ¼ oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Pour Rye Whiskey: Add 2 oz Rye Whiskey to the mixture.
  • Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled.
  • Strain: Strain the cocktail into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Serve: Enjoy as it is or garnish with an orange twist for an extra touch of elegance.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: if you are out of rye whiskey, Bourbon is a good substitute. You will lose the spicy profile for a sweeter one.
  • Sweet Vermouth: opt for a dry vermouth or a different fortified wine, this substitution will lead to a different tasting experience, with variation in sweetness and herbal notes. 
  • Benedictine: A honey syrup mix and a dash of Angostura bitters can mimic its sweet and herbal notes.
  • Grand Marnier: Triple sec or Cointreau are suitable substitutes, offering the citrus note, though slightly altering the profile.
  • Xocolatl Mole Bitters: If unavailable, a combination of chocolate and angostura bitters can provide a similar depth and complexity.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. You'll need 16 oz of Rye Whiskey, 2 oz of Benedictine, 2 oz of Sweet Vermouth, 2 oz of Grand Marnier, and 8 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir until well chilled.
  • Serve: Strain the cocktail into individual chilled glasses, optionally garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

What is a Jane Russell Cocktail?

A Jane Russell Cocktail is a rye whiskey-based cocktail made of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, and bitters. Invented by New York bartender Brian Miller this cocktail is a riff of the Manhattan.

For this creation, Brian starts with Xocolatl Mole Bitters, a bitter from Bittermans made with a combination of cacao, cinnamon, and spice. Then he chooses a mix of two rye whiskeys, Russell’s Reserve Rye and Rittenhouse Rye. He follows with Carpano Antica Formula, a full-bodied sweet vermouth, and completes the concoction with Benedectine and Grand Marnier, two iconic french liqueurs.

A side shot of a Jane Russell cocktail in a martini glass on a wooden tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by a maroon cloth and a cigar

What is a Jane Russell Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Make sure you have these ingredients at hand before making your Jane Russell:

  • Rye Whiskey: Adds a spicy and robust flavor, serving as the cocktail’s whiskey base.
  • Benedictine: Brings a sweet and herbal complexity, enhancing the cocktail’s depth.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Contributes richness and a hint of sweetness, balancing the cocktail’s overall profile.
  • Grand Marnier: Offers a citrus note, adding brightness and a slight fruity sweetness.
  • Xocolatl Mole Bitters: Provides a unique blend of chocolate and spice, rounding out the cocktail with an intricate finish.

Rye Whiskey, Benedictine, sweet Vermouth, Grand Marnier and Xocolatl Mole Bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Jane Russell Cocktail?

Make the best Jane Russell possible by following our easy guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a cocktail glass with ice to make sure it gets chilled.</p>

Start by filling a cocktail glass with ice to make sure it gets chilled.

2
<p>Add a dash of Xocolatl Mole Bitters in the mixing glass, rounding out the drink with a complex blend of chocolate and spice.</p>

Add a dash of Xocolatl Mole Bitters in the mixing glass, rounding out the drink with a complex blend of chocolate and spice.

3
<p>Incorporate Grand Marnier to inject a bright citrus note and slight fruity sweetness.</p>

Incorporate Grand Marnier to inject a bright citrus note and slight fruity sweetness.

4
<p>Add Benedictine to introduce a layer of sweet and herbal complexity.</p>

Add Benedictine to introduce a layer of sweet and herbal complexity.

5
<p>Follow with Sweet Vermouth, enriching the mixture with its unique sweetness and richness.</p>

Follow with Sweet Vermouth, enriching the mixture with its unique sweetness and richness.

6
<p>Pour the Rye Whiskey into the mixing glass, adding the spicy and robust base of the cocktail.</p>

Pour the Rye Whiskey into the mixing glass, adding the spicy and robust base of the cocktail.

7
<p>Ice up the mixing glass.</p>

Ice up the mixing glass.

8
<p>Stir the mixture well until it is thoroughly chilled.</p>

Stir the mixture well until it is thoroughly chilled.

9
<p>Strain the cocktail into a glass, ensuring a smooth texture and optimal temperature.</p>

Strain the cocktail into a glass, ensuring a smooth texture and optimal temperature.

10
<p>Garnish with an orange zest and enjoy your creation.</p>

Garnish with an orange zest and enjoy your creation.

A Jane Russell cocktail, shor from above, in a martini glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Rye Whiskey, Benedictine, sweet Vermouth, Grand Marnier and Xocolatl Mole Bitters

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Jane Russell Cocktail?
A Jane Russell Cocktail typically contains around 200-250 calories. This estimate varies based on the specific ingredient brands and the serving size.
How strong is the Jane Russell Cocktail?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) of a Jane Russell Cocktail can range from 25% to 30%, translating to 50 to 60 proof. This strength is due to the combination of rye whiskies and liqueurs.
What alcohol is used in a Jane Russell Cocktail?
The Jane Russell Cocktail uses a mix of Rye whiskey, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth, and Grand Marnier. These spirits and liqueurs create a rich and complex flavor profile.
In which glass is the Jane Russell Cocktail served?
Serve the Jane Russell Cocktail in a cocktail glass. This choice highlights the drink's elegance and concentrates the aromas for a better-tasting experience.
What does the Jane Russell Cocktail taste like?
The Jane Russell Cocktail offers a complex taste profile featuring spicy, sweet, herbal notes with a hint of citrus and chocolate. The rye whiskey provides a robust base, complemented by the herbal sweetness of Benedictine, the richness of Sweet Vermouth, the citrusy sweetness of Grand Marnier, and the unique spice of Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
How is the Jane Russell Cocktail served with ice?
Serve the Jane Russell Cocktail stirred over ice, then strained into a cocktail glass with no ice. This method chills the drink while maintaining a smooth texture without diluting the flavors too much.
Can I make a Jane Russell Cocktail without Benedictine?
While Benedictine adds a unique herbal sweetness, you can substitute it with another herbal liqueur. However, the taste will slightly differ.
Is the Jane Russell Cocktail suitable for all seasons?
The Jane Russell Cocktail's warmth and alcohol content makes it perfect for cold winter evenings.

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