Tuxedo No. 2

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Cocktail History

The Tuxedo No. 2 is a classic cocktail that was created by Harry Craddock and included in his 1930 recipe book, The Savoy Cocktail Book. It’s believed to have been named for Tuxedo Park, a community for the elite that was established in upstate New York in the 1880s. And it is traditionally made with gin, dry vermouth, absinthe, cherry, and citrus.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Suntory Roku Gin because it offers the complexity of six Japanese botanicals.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Maraschino Liqueur: This adds the drink’s cherry flavor. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Absinthe: This is a spirit. It adds its distinct licorice aroma. We used Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte made by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin because it’s made locally to us.

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor for balance and more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Lemon Twist: This is the garnish. It adds fresh lemon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Tuxedo No. 2 features the aromas of absinthe, gin, and cherry and initially tastes of absinthe, vermouth, and gin before finishing with the aftertaste of cherry and botanicals.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: If ever there were a cocktail that perfectly captured the essence (and somehow the taste) of a well-dressed man, it’s this drink. Although still quite dry, we both really liked this one and will definitely be making it again.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock.

AuthorThe Savoy Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ tsp Maraschino Liqueur
 2 Sprays Absinthe
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ tsp Maraschino Liqueur
 2 Sprays Absinthe
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Tuxedo No. 2

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More Gin Cocktails

If you like this gin-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

 Archangel: A gin cocktail made with Aperol, cucumber slices, and a lemon twist

 Apple Pie Gimlet: A gin cocktail made with apple cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, a cinnamon stick, and an apple slice

 White Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Lillet Blanc, Suze, and a lemon peel

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