American Beauty

Adapted from The Stork Club Bar Book (1946)

american beauty cocktail stork club bar book

In The Stork Club Bar Book, Lucius Beebe recommends drinking this little cocktail at noon, to “abate the grief of a stormy morning.” While it’s likely to wake you up, it may cause grief in some drinkers due to the fact that, in its original form, it tastes a lot like drinking fruit punch after brushing your teeth. See recommendations on bringing the drink into 2015 in the Editor’s Note.


Serving: 1

  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1/2 ounce French vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 3 dashes white crème de menthe
  • port, to top

  1. Add crème de menthe, orange juice, grenadine, French vermouth and brandy to a shaking tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass and top with port.
Editor's Note

Crème de menthe is a bit of a bully here, so pull back on it, opting for a scant bar spoon for seasoning. Up the brandy to one ounce and consider swapping orange for lemon juice, which makes for a more texturally interesting drink, albeit one that is slightly drier.