The Algonquin Cocktail

algonquin cocktailThe Algonquin Cocktail is named for the Algonquin Hotel in New York, a popular meeting place for writers during the early 1900s, including the troupe that comprised the famed Algonquin Round Table.

The cocktail is one of those drinks where the creator must have rummaged through his booze stash and fridge, found it to be lacking and said, “what the hell, let’s give this a shot.” Composed of rye whiskey, dry vermouth and pineapple juice, it doesn’t seem particularly appealing, but therein lies the appeal.

The drink is a great mixture of sweet and dry. It’s got that familiar, bracing bite of rye, and it’s rounded out nicely by the vermouth. It’s stout enough for veteran whiskey drinkers, yet an approachable cocktail for novices.

The Algonquin Cocktail

1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Written by Kevin Gray

1 Comment

  1. Gerald · March 4, 2011

    That’s some awesome historical info. I’m going to make one and get my F. Scott Fitzgerald on.

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