Time for a Drink: Marconi Wireless

Let's get this weekend started right. Here's a cocktail to kick things off. Need more than one? Here you go. Cheers!

New York's contributions to the cocktail world are legion, but here's a drink that includes a good dose of New Jersey. Combining Gotham ingenuity with the Garden State's native spirit, the Marconi Wireless is a pretty simple cocktail: Take our good friend the Manhattan, but instead of using whiskey, reach for the applejack--produced in Monmouth County by the Laird family for more than 200 years.

In Old Waldorf Bar Days, published in 1931, Albert Stevens Crockett writes that the Marconi Wireless "first sprang across the Bar of the Waldorf when the ancestor of the radio began to raise its ghostly voice." While the precursor to the radio may be lost to the ages, this Marconi Wireless is still as vibrant as ever. Besides, I have yet to see a drink named the Streaming Audio.

Adapted from Old Waldorf Bar Days.

About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.

Time for a Drink: Marconi Wireless

About This Recipe


  • 2 ounces applejack
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


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    Pour ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir briskly for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of lemon peel.


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