Longshoreman Cocktail Drink

Longshoreman

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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The Longshoreman Cocktail recipe brings a no-fuss blend of ingredients to your glass, creating a drink that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to sip.

Longshoreman Cocktail Recipe

Shake up your cocktail routine with a Longshoreman Cocktail recipe, where the rich warmth of rye meets the intriguing bitterness of Amaro for a truly sophisticated sip.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

208 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey, 100 proof / 50% alc./vol.
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes, or other full-bodied vermouth
  • ½ oz Amaro Averna
  • Flamed orange zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the mixing glass, pour ½ oz Amaro Averna, 1 oz Punt e Mes, and 2 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon, stir the ingredients with ice until well-chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into a fresh ice-filled Old Fashioned glass, perhaps over a chunk of block ice.
  • Garnish: Flame the orange zest, twist over the drink to release the oils, and then drop it into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: If I don't have a 100-proof rye, I opt for a lower-proof rye whiskey or a bourbon for a sweeter taste.
  • Punt e Mes: A different full-bodied vermouth can work, but I prefer Punt e Mes for its unique bitterness and sweetness.
  • Amaro Averna: If Amaro Averna is unavailable, I sometimes use another type of Amaro, though it changes the flavor profile slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Longshoreman Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher, I simply multiply the ingredients by the number of desired servings. For 8 servings, use 16 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of Punt e Mes, and 4 oz of Amaro Averna.
  • Mix: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with the flamed orange zest twist, and serve.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: I use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a similar spicy profile to whiskey or a strong brewed tea for depth.
  • Punt e Mes Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version of Punt e Mes, I mix grape juice with a touch of lemon juice for tartness.
  • Amaro Averna Substitute: A non-alcoholic bitter syrup or a mix of herbal teas can replace Amaro Averna.
Follow the same steps as the original recipe using these non-alcoholic substitutes.

Making it Vegan:

The Longshoreman Cocktail is typically vegan, but I always check to ensure that the specific spirits brands I use do not use animal-derived products during filtration or any other part of the production process.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
208
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Potassium
 
5
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.03
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Calcium
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.02
mg
0
%

 

Longshoreman Cocktail Drink

Longshoreman Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Shake up your cocktail routine with a Longshoreman Cocktail recipe, where the rich warmth of rye meets the intriguing bitterness of Amaro for a truly sophisticated sip.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 208

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey - 100 proof / 50% alc./vol.
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes - or other full-bodied vermouth
  • ½ oz Amaro Averna
  • Flamed orange zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the mixing glass, pour ½ oz Amaro Averna, 1 oz Punt e Mes, and 2 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon, stir the ingredients with ice until well-chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into a fresh ice-filled Old Fashioned glass, perhaps over a chunk of block ice.
  • Garnish: Flame the orange zest, twist over the drink to release the oils, and then drop it into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: If I don't have a 100-proof rye, I opt for a lower-proof rye whiskey or a bourbon for a sweeter taste.
  • Punt e Mes: A different full-bodied vermouth can work, but I prefer Punt e Mes for its unique bitterness and sweetness.
  • Amaro Averna: If Amaro Averna is unavailable, I sometimes use another type of Amaro, though it changes the flavor profile slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Longshoreman Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher, I simply multiply the ingredients by the number of desired servings. For 8 servings, use 16 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of Punt e Mes, and 4 oz of Amaro Averna.
  • Mix: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with the flamed orange zest twist, and serve.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: I use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a similar spicy profile to whiskey or a strong brewed tea for depth.
  • Punt e Mes Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version of Punt e Mes, I mix grape juice with a touch of lemon juice for tartness.
  • Amaro Averna Substitute: A non-alcoholic bitter syrup or a mix of herbal teas can replace Amaro Averna.
Follow the same steps as the original recipe using these non-alcoholic substitutes.

Making it Vegan:

The Longshoreman Cocktail is typically vegan, but I always check to ensure that the specific spirits brands I use do not use animal-derived products during filtration or any other part of the production process.

What is a Longshoreman Cocktail?

A Longshoreman Cocktail is a drink that marries rye whiskey with the herbal notes of Amaro and the sweet vermouth’s complexity. Many consider it a twist on the traditional Manhattan, and its name pays homage to the hardworking dock workers, offering a straightforward, robust flavor that stands the test of time. This cocktail doesn’t require expert skills to enjoy, and its classic recipe has earned it a spot among the favorites for those who appreciate a strong, well-balanced drink.

A Longshoreman cocktail, shot from above, in an Old Fashioned glass on a stripe white cloth with a jigger and a knife around.

What is a Longshoreman Cocktail made of – The ingredients

To start making your own Longshoreman, gather these ingredients:

  • Rye Whiskey (100 proof / 50% alc./vol.)
  • Punt e Mes or other full-bodied Vermouth
  • Amaro Averna
  • Flamed Orange Zest Twist

Amaro Averno, Punt e Mes, and Rye Whiskey laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Longshoreman Cocktail?

To create the best possible Longshoreman, follow our guide:
1
Add and stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass to chill it.

Add and stir some ice cubes in your Old Fashioned glass to chill it.

2
Pour over the ice the Amaro Averna to introduce an herbal complexity.

Pour over the ice the Amaro Averna to introduce an herbal complexity.

3
Add the Punt e Mes or your chosen full-bodied vermouth to the mixing glass.

Add the Punt e Mes or your chosen full-bodied vermouth to the mixing glass.

4
Measure and pour the rye whiskey into the mixing glass.

Measure and pour the rye whiskey into the mixing glass.

5
Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes to chill.

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes to chill.

6
Stir the ingredients using a bar spoon until well-chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds.

Stir the ingredients using a bar spoon until well-chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds.

7
Remove the ice cubes from your chilled old fashioned glass.

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled old fashioned glass.

8
Refill the old fashioned glass, ideally with a large cube or ice sphere, to slow dilution.

Refill the old fashioned glass, ideally with a large cube or ice sphere, to slow dilution.

9
Strain the cocktail into your chilled ice filled old-fashioned glass.

Strain the cocktail into your chilled ice filled old-fashioned glass.

10
Take a piece of orange zest and hold it over the glass; flame it with a lighter and squeeze it to release the oils.

Take a piece of orange zest and hold it over the glass; flame it with a lighter and squeeze it to release the oils.

11
Then drop it into the cocktail as a garnish.

Then drop it into the cocktail as a garnish.

12
Enjoy your Longshoreman cocktail!

Enjoy your Longshoreman cocktail!

Can I use Gin instead of Rye Whiskey for a Longshoreman Cocktail?

Gin instead of rye whiskey in a Longshoreman Cocktail significantly changes the drink’s character. Gin brings a botanical complexity and lighter profile to the cocktail, contrasting with the spicy and bold flavors that rye whiskey typically contributes. This substitution transforms the cocktail into a more aromatic and less robust experience, appealing to those who favor the nuanced flavors of gin’s herbal notes.

A side shot fo a Longshoreman cocktail in an Old Fashioned glass on a striped white cloth on a brown table surrounded by a jigger, a knife, and a bar spoon.

History and Origin of the Longshoreman Cocktail

The Longshoreman Cocktail originates from a recipe initially served straight-up, created by Abigail Gullo at Compère Lapin in New Orleans, USA. This cocktail is a Manhattan riff, where the traditional bitters give way to an Amaro, marrying big flavors in a harmonious mix. The name itself, Longshoreman, evokes the hardworking dock laborers, suggesting a drink with a strong character, much like the individuals it’s named after.

A Longshoreman cocktail, shot from above, in an Old Fashioned glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Amaro Averno, Punt e Mes, and Rye Whiskey.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Longshoreman Cocktail?
A Longshoreman Cocktail contains approximately 170 calories per serving.
What is the alcohol by volume (ABV) of a Longshoreman Cocktail?
The Longshoreman Cocktail has an ABV of 33.05%.
What is the proof of a Longshoreman Cocktail?
It is 66.1 proof.
What type of alcohol is in a Longshoreman Cocktail?
Rye whiskey is the primary alcohol used in a Longshoreman Cocktail.
In which glass do you serve a Longshoreman Cocktail?
Serve a Longshoreman Cocktail in an Old Fashioned glass.
What does a Longshoreman Cocktail taste like?
It tastes like a harmonious blend of the spicy, robust rye flavor with the herbal and sweet notes of Amaro and vermouth.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Longshoreman Cocktail?
The ratio is typically 2 parts rye whiskey to 1 part full-bodied vermouth to 1/2 part Amaro.

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