Ampersand Cocktail Recipe

An easy and rich equal-parts cocktail that uses Old Tom gin. . 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.

Recipe Details

Ampersand Cocktail Recipe

Active 3 mins
Total 3 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 ounce cognac

  • 1 ounce Old Tom gin

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  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.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
179 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)