The Coronation Cocktail No. 1 is a classic drink that appeared in Harry Craddock’s 1930 book, The Savoy Cocktail Book. Featuring Dry vermouth and fino sherry, it’s a perfect pairing in aperitifs like the Bamboo or Adonis. And its light ABV means you can enjoy this and other aperitif drinks before a meal as opposed to the heavier Manhattan or Martini.
Despite having been published in one of the most famous cocktail books, the Coronation Cocktail No. 1 has remained under the radar with its origin relatively unknown. It’s believed that it may have been created for the coronation of England’s King Edward VII in 1902.
While herbal dry vermouth and dry and nutty fino sherry makeup the base of this cocktail, complexity is added with a few dashes of bittersweet maraschino liqueur and zesty orange bitters.
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