Hoffman House Cocktail

The eponymous house cocktail at Manhattan’s Hoffman House in the 1880s.

bitters cocktail illo

Supposedly the eponymous house cocktail at Manhattan’s Hoffman House in the 1880s, this drink makes its first written appearance in Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. (It is, oddly, not mentioned once in Charles S. Mahoney’s 1905 book The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide:  How to Open a Saloon and Make it Pay. A house highball, cooler, fizz, punch and Old-Fashioned are, however.) By now we are getting very close to the platonic ideal of the dry Martini—perhaps even more so in the Douglas Cocktail, also from The Savoy, which removes the orange bitters and adds an orange twist alongside the lemon twist.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 parts Plymouth gin
  • 2 parts Plymouth gin
  • 1 part Dolin de Chambéry Dry Vermouth
  • 1 part Dolin de Chambéry Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Garnish: lemon twist

Directions
  1. Stir the liquid ingredients together in a mixing glass filled with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  2. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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