The Maddow Recipe

The Maddow Recipe

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

This smooth drink is a variation on the Perfect Gin Manhattan (made with half French vermouth and half Italian), but features rich, slightly sweet Old Tom gin. Jason Littrell of Jbird Cocktails in NYC named the drink after Rachel Maddow, in the hope that she'd swing by the bar.

At Jbird, they serve the first few sips of the cocktail in a tiny martini glass, with the rest kept on ice for later.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • 3/4 ounce Dolin dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce St Germain
  • 1 dash Fee's Bros Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
  • Lemon twist


  1. 1.

    Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, dry vermouth, Carpano Antica, St Germain, and bitters. Stir until chilled.

  2. 2.

    Strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist lemon peel over drink to express the oils and run the peel around the rim of the glass. Discard peel and serve.