The Old Hickory Cocktail

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

In contrast to tough guy Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson, this classic vermouth-based cocktail is a smooth operator. Be sure your bottles of vermouth are fresh—if it's been in your liquor cabinet for a year, throw it out!

About the author: Nick Caruana is the author of The Straight Up, where he shares his love of classic and modern cocktails, including a slight obsession with whiskey, bitters and amari. Stalk him on Twitter @The_Straight_Up, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

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The Old Hickory Cocktail

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing glass, barspoon, strainer, citrus peeler
This recipe appears in: Classic Drinks: Andrew Jackson and The Old Hickory Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Procedures

  1. 1

    Add dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Peychaud's Bitters, and orange bitters to a mixing glass. Fill 2/3 full with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

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