Ford Cocktail

Adapted from Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler, 1895

The improved formula—that is, the traditional recipe gussied up with a splash of this or that—informs many early Martinis poised for a comeback, including the Ford Cocktail, which adds Bénédictine into the mix alongside several dashes of orange bitters.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Old Tom gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
  • 4 dashes Bénédictine
  • 4 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stirred until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.