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Master of Cocktails - The Adonis

by Ben Ellefsen     20. January 2014 13:49

Master of Cocktails Adonis

As promised, we made another low(ish) alcohol drink this week for #MasterofCocktails that’s fantastic in its own right. This one's called The Adonis and it's a real flavour-packed treat!

It's taken from ‘The Art of The Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level’ by Dinah Sanders, a superb compendium of yummy low(er) alcohol cocktails. Well worth a look.

Without further ado, here are the ingredients:

Master of Cocktails Adonis ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients

  • 40ml Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth
  • 40ml Palo Cortado Sherry (the one I'm using is from Waitrose)
  • 2 good dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
  • Orange Peel
  • First off, coupette(s) in the freezer please.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis freezer

    Now we’re going to take 40ml of Carpano Antica Formula...

    Master of Cocktails Adonis Carpano Antica Formula

    ...and pop that into a stirring glass along with a large handful of Ice.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis stirring glass

    Next up is the Sherry. The original recipe calls for Dry Oloroso, but I'm using Palo Cortado 'cos I like it more. We've a few Palo Cortados on the site, but this one – from Waitrose – is just superb. (Other retailers do make/stock/import things that are nice. I think we all need to remember this sometimes.)

    Master of Cocktails Adonis Palo Cortado sherry

    So – 40ml of the Waitrose Palo Cortado follows the Antica into the stirring glass.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis Palo Cortado Sherry

    Finally, we're going to add a good couple of dashes of Regan's Orange Bitters.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis Regans Orange Bitters

    Now give it a quick stir...

    Master of Cocktails Adonis stir

    ...and strain into your pre-chilled Coupette.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis strain

    Express a piece of orange peel over the top, and discard.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis express orange peel

    There we have it. The Adonis.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis


    This is a serious cocktail, a superb aperitif, and more than punchy enough to stand up to a Negroni or Martini – also, you can have around 3 of these for the price of one Negroni.


    Master of Cocktails Adonis by @Reemus22

    Mixing along at home, @Reemus22 went with the Oloroso, using Punt E Mes and The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

    Next week, we’ll be making (what I think is) The Perfect Highball Cocktail. Such a simple concept, *so* easy to cock up.

    Master of Cocktails Adonis Next Week

    You’ll be needing these...
    Yamazaki 12 Year Old, Club Soda, a Lemon and a big ol’ chunk of clear ice!

    And that's right – before next week's instalment, I'm (finally) going to show you how to make your own perfectly clear, absolutely massive chunks of ice!

    Read how it's done here, in time for next for Sunday's #MasterofCocktails.


    Comments (2) -

    1/20/2014 10:01:03 PM #

    First, I'm really appreciating this blog, a joyous alternative to real life. A (genuine) question: are there any bubbly spirits? Second question, if applicable: why not?

    Christine United Kingdom

    3/13/2014 11:41:19 AM #

    Hi Christine,

    Yeah - there are some fizzy vodkas etc around, but the answer to the second question is the reason you should probably avoid them...

    The reason there aren't many of them is that in the case of Champagne, Beer, and anything that's fizzy and alcoholic, the carbonation usually comes from the action of yeast on the sugars producing alcohol, and crucially CO2.

    In the case of fizzy boozes, some of this CO2 is retained by closing the vessel allowing it to dissolve into solution under pressure.

    As a rule, yeast dies when the liquid it's acting on hits about 16-18%abv, hence 'natural' carbonation isn't a thing in spirits.

    Ben @ Master of Malt United Kingdom

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