Tuxedo Cocktail Drink

Tuxedo

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you want a cocktail that’s as stylish as it is easy to make, look no further than this Tuxedo Cocktail recipe; gather your ingredients and get ready to impress with a drink that’s the toast of any gathering.

Tuxedo Cocktail Recipe

Shake up your summer with this simple Tuxedo Cocktail recipe, where the classic allure of Gin meets the subtle charm of vermouth and maraschino.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

204 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • oz dry Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3 dashes Absinthe
  • 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the mixing glass, combine 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters, 3 dashes Absinthe, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1½ oz dry Vermouth, and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Using a bar spoon, stir the ingredients well until the mixture is chilled.
  • Prep Serving Glass: Discard the ice cubes from your cocktail glass or remove it from the freezer.
  • Strain: Strain the mixed ingredients into your prepared cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon peel over the drink to release the oils or drop a cherry into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: I've replaced Gin with tequila for a different kick in my experiments, calling it a "Tequila Tuxedo." It adds an exciting twist!
  • Dry Vermouth: No dry vermouth? Try using white wine with a splash of vodka; it doesn't replicate the flavor perfectly but creates an interesting variation.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: I've used cherry brandy as a substitute; it's sweeter but delightful!
  • Orange Bitters: A mix of regular aromatic bitters and a squeeze of fresh orange juice can work if you're out of orange bitters. It changes the taste slightly but keeps the drink's spirit alive.
  • Absinthe: Pernod or any other anise-flavored liqueur will do the job.

Making a Pitcher of Tuxedo Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of Gin, 12 oz of dry vermouth, 2 oz of maraschino liqueur, and 24 dashes of orange bitters and absinthe.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients with ice. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the blend into individual chilled cocktail glasses, add garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin alternative available in the market.
  • Vermouth Substitute: Use non-alcoholic white wine. A dash of white grape juice with a splash of apple cider vinegar can mimic the vermouth's tang.
  • Absinthe Substitute: Opt for an anise-flavored syrup or for a non-alcoholic absinthe alternative. 
  • Skip the Maraschino: Exclude the liqueur or select a few drops of natural cherry essence for flavor.
  • Follow the Original Steps: With these non-alcoholic substitutes, prepare the cocktail following the original instructions, and enjoy your alcohol-free Tuxedo!

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure Your Spirits are Vegan: Some spirits use animal products in processing. Double-check that your Gin, Vermouth, Absinthe, and Maraschino Liqueur are certified vegan.
  • Garnish Wisely: Instead of a regular maraschino cherry (which might contain non-vegan dyes), use fresh cherry or organic, vegan-certified preserved cherries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
204
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
42
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.02
mg
0
%

 

Tuxedo Cocktail Drink

Tuxedo Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
5 from 1 vote
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Shake up your summer with this simple Tuxedo Cocktail recipe, where the classic allure of Gin meets the subtle charm of vermouth and maraschino.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 204

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • oz dry Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3 dashes Absinthe
  • 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the mixing glass, combine 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters, 3 dashes Absinthe, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1½ oz dry Vermouth, and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Using a bar spoon, stir the ingredients well until the mixture is chilled.
  • Prep Serving Glass: Discard the ice cubes from your cocktail glass or remove it from the freezer.
  • Strain: Strain the mixed ingredients into your prepared cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon peel over the drink to release the oils or drop a cherry into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: I've replaced Gin with tequila for a different kick in my experiments, calling it a "Tequila Tuxedo." It adds an exciting twist!
  • Dry Vermouth: No dry vermouth? Try using white wine with a splash of vodka; it doesn't replicate the flavor perfectly but creates an interesting variation.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: I've used cherry brandy as a substitute; it's sweeter but delightful!
  • Orange Bitters: A mix of regular aromatic bitters and a squeeze of fresh orange juice can work if you're out of orange bitters. It changes the taste slightly but keeps the drink's spirit alive.
  • Absinthe: Pernod or any other anise-flavored liqueur will do the job.

Making a Pitcher of Tuxedo Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of Gin, 12 oz of dry vermouth, 2 oz of maraschino liqueur, and 24 dashes of orange bitters and absinthe.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients with ice. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the blend into individual chilled cocktail glasses, add garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin alternative available in the market.
  • Vermouth Substitute: Use non-alcoholic white wine. A dash of white grape juice with a splash of apple cider vinegar can mimic the vermouth's tang.
  • Absinthe Substitute: Opt for an anise-flavored syrup or for a non-alcoholic absinthe alternative. 
  • Skip the Maraschino: Exclude the liqueur or select a few drops of natural cherry essence for flavor.
  • Follow the Original Steps: With these non-alcoholic substitutes, prepare the cocktail following the original instructions, and enjoy your alcohol-free Tuxedo!

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure Your Spirits are Vegan: Some spirits use animal products in processing. Double-check that your Gin, Vermouth, Absinthe, and Maraschino Liqueur are certified vegan.
  • Garnish Wisely: Instead of a regular maraschino cherry (which might contain non-vegan dyes), use fresh cherry or organic, vegan-certified preserved cherries.

What is a Tuxedo Cocktail?

A Tuxedo Cocktail combines Gin and Dry Vermouth, often accompanied by maraschino liqueur and orange bitters for that extra zest. Its name, evoking the sleek sophistication of a tuxedo suit, aptly fits this cocktail’s classic and refined character. The drink is listed among “The Unforgettables” by the IBA (International Bartender Association) which officially acknowledges the drink.

A side shot of a Tuxedo cocktail in a coupe glass on a wooden table with a jigger on a side.

What is a Tuxedo Cocktail made of – The ingredients

For a Tuxedo Cocktail, the necessary ingredients include:

  • Gin: Provides the foundational spirit of the cocktail, delivering a crisp, herbal backbone.
  • Dry Vermouth: Offers a subtle, complex sweetness and slightly bitter flavor, balancing the Gin’s botanicals.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Adds a hint of sweet cherry notes, giving the drink a nuanced depth.
  • Orange Bitters: Introduces a bright, citrusy accent, enhancing the flavor profile.
  • Absinthe: donates a subtle anise flavor
  • Lemon twist or cherry (for garnish): Contributes a final aromatic touch or a sweet contrast, completing the cocktail’s sophisticated appearance.

Gin, Dry Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange bitters and Absinthe laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Tuxedo Cocktail?

Discover the simplicity of making a Tuxedo Cocktail with our easy instructions:

1
<p>First, chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes for a few minutes.</p>

First, chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes for a few minutes.

2
<p>Incorporate the Absinthe to the mixing glass.</p>

Incorporate the Absinthe to the mixing glass.

3
<p>Add the Angostura orange bitters to the mixing glass.</p>

Add the Angostura orange bitters to the mixing glass.

4
<p>Add Maraschino Liqueur to the mix.</p>

Add Maraschino Liqueur to the mix.

5
<p>Pour dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.</p>

Pour dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.

6
<p>Pour Gin into the mixing glass.</p>

Pour Gin into the mixing glass.

7
<p>Fill three-quarters the mixing glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill three-quarters the mixing glass with ice cubes.

8
<p>Stir the ingredients well with a bar spoon until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.</p>

Stir the ingredients well with a bar spoon until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.

9
<p>Prepare your serving glass by removing it from the freezer or discarding the ice cubes.</p>

Prepare your serving glass by removing it from the freezer or discarding the ice cubes.

10
<p>Strain the mixed ingredients into your chilled cocktail glass, leaving the ice in the mixing glass.</p>

Strain the mixed ingredients into your chilled cocktail glass, leaving the ice in the mixing glass.

11
<p>Add a lemon twist over the drink to infuse it with the lemon oils, or place a cherry in the glass for a sweet garnish.</p>

Add a lemon twist over the drink to infuse it with the lemon oils, or place a cherry in the glass for a sweet garnish.

A close shot of a Tuxedo cocktail in a coupe glass on a wooden surface.

How to make Tuxedo No. 2

Start by chilling a martini glass, setting the stage for a refreshing experience. Next, grab your mixing glass and combine 1.5 ounces of Gin with 1.5 ounces of dry vermouth — the backbone of this concoction. Please don’t overlook the importance of using quality gin; it’s the star player here. Introduce 0.25 ounces of maraschino liqueur, adding a subtle, sweet layer that dances on the palate without overwhelming the drink’s classic crispness. The magic touch is a couple of dashes of absinthe and orange bitter, which infuse the mix with intriguing depth. Add ice, and stir it all together with conviction until the outside of the mixing glass feels cold, ensuring the flavors meld beautifully while preserving the cocktail’s robust body. Strain your mixture into the pre-chilled glass and garnish with a luxuriant cherry or a lemon twist for that vibrant, zesty edge.

A Tuxedo cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a wooden surface with a jigger on a side.

History and Origins

With its various iterations, the Tuxedo cocktail boasts a history as intriguing as its taste profile. Its story begins in the 1880s, with most cocktail historians pinpointing the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York, as the birthplace of this classic concoction. The club, an exclusive gathering spot for the elite, prided itself on its luxurious lifestyle, which included unique and sophisticated beverages.

One popular tale attributes the creation of the Tuxedo cocktail to a bartender at the club who crafted this gin and vermouth blend, naming it in honor of the establishment. As the cocktail’s fame grew, its name likely became associated with the formal attire, the Tuxedo, which shares its origins with the club. The term “tuxedo” itself comes from the Native American Algonquian language, further embedding the cocktail within American culture and history.

Over the years, the Tuxedo has seen numerous modifications. One notable figure in its history is Harry Johnson, often considered one of the founding fathers of modern bartending. In his 1900 “Bartenders’ Manual,” he presents a recipe for the Tuxedo, giving it a significant place in cocktail lore. Johnson’s recipe includes Gin, French vermouth, and maraschino liqueur, among other ingredients, closely resembling today’s classic version.

A Tuxedo cocktail on a white marmol table surrounded by a Gin bottle, a Dry Vermouth bottle, a Maraschino Liqueur bottle, an Asinthe bottle and a Orange bitters bottle.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Tuxedo cocktail?
A standard Tuxedo cocktail contains approximately 140-160 calories, depending on the specific measurements and ingredients used.
How strong is a Tuxedo cocktail?
The strength of a Tuxedo cocktail typically hovers around 25-30% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), equating to about 50-60 proof, contingent on the Gin's potency and the proportions of other ingredients.
What type of alcohol is used in a Tuxedo cocktail?
Gin is the primary alcohol used in a Tuxedo cocktail, accompanied by dry vermouth and, in some recipes, a dash of maraschino liqueur.
What does a Tuxedo cocktail taste like?
A Tuxedo cocktail offers a complex flavor profile: it's slightly herbal from the Gin, subtly sweet from the vermouth and maraschino liqueur, with a balancing bitter edge if bitters are used.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Tuxedo cocktail?
A classic Tuxedo cocktail generally follows a ratio of equal parts of gin and dry vermouth to ⅙ part of maraschino liqueur, with some dashes of orange bitters and absinthe added according to taste.
How is a Tuxedo cocktail typically served in terms of ice?
Traditionally, a Tuxedo cocktail is stirred with ice to chill and slightly dilute the drink, then strained and served "up" in a chilled cocktail glass without ice.
In which glass is a Tuxedo cocktail typically served?
The Tuxedo cocktail is traditionally served in a cocktail or martini glass, showcasing its elegance and clarity.
What's the difference between a Tuxedo and a Martini?
While both contain Gin and dry vermouth, the Tuxedo includes maraschino liqueur, absinthe and orange bitters, setting it apart with a distinct flavor profile compared to the classic Martini.

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