The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book (1935), adapted by the editors of PUNCH

Essentially a martini with inverted proportions, the Astoria, named after the New York City hotel where it was created, is one of many vermouth-heavy martini variations that were popular from the late eighteenth century on through the first half of the twentieth century. Our version, which was adapted from The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, swaps out Old Tom gin for London dry, and ups the vermouth fora slightly drier take on the original.

Reprinted with permission from Session Cocktails by Drew Lazor and the Editors of PUNCH, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House.


Serving: 1

  • 2 1/2 ounces dry vermouth, preferably Dolin dry
  • 3/4 ounce London dry gin
  • 2 dashes orange bitters, preferably Regans'

Garnish: olive

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a coupe and garnish with the olive.