The Old Hickory Cocktail Recipe

The Old Hickory Cocktail Recipe

[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!

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes


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


  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.