Ampersand Cocktail

Ampersand Cocktail
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:3 minutes
  • Total time:3 minutes
This recipe appears in:
Why You Should Buy Tanqueray's New Old Tom Gin

An easy and rich equal-parts cocktail that uses Old Tom gin. [Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

There's something elegant about an equal-parts drink. You've likely made your share of Negronis, but here's another worth exploring, made with cognac, Old Tom gin, and sweet vermouth, and seasoned with orange bitters. The drink appears in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, and some say the name refers to the ampersand in Martini & Rossi vermouth, though we find the drink is especially delicious made with Carpano Antica. Some recipes also include orange liqueur in the mix, though we prefer the drink without it.

This stirred cocktail is luscious and smooth, with a little candied-orange sweetness and a hint of vanilla. The gin adds an herbal backbone but this is really a drink that will appeal to lovers of brown spirits.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • Old Tom gin adds essential rich texture and a touch of sweetness to the drink—we've tried it with other gins and the results were sharper and slightly thin. If you can't find Old Tom gin at your local liquor store, you could try adding a few drops of simple syrup.


  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 ounce Old Tom gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  1. 1.

    Add cognac, Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve immediately.

Serious Eats Newsletters

Keep up with our latest recipes, tips, techniques and where to eat!


Add a rating with your comment:

Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: