Lady Liberty Cocktail

W New York's Lady Liberty Rum Cocktail Recipe
Photo Courtesy: © W New York - Downtown
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

This may be a modern cocktail, but it has a classic style that is very refreshing. The Lady Liberty comes from the Living Room Bar & Terrace of the W New York - Downtown and was first found on their 2014 summer cocktail menu. While it may no longer be available there, you can still enjoy its incredible taste in your own living room.

The Lady Liberty is an interesting cocktail that offers a nice exploration of flavors that rarely come together in the same glass. Rum and orgeat syrup is a favorite tiki cocktail combination. Rather than the usual fruit juices, they're mixed with maraschino and Chartreuse liqueurs to give the drink a fascinating profile. To finish it offer, there's a good dose of lime and absinthe adds a punch which can only come from that spirit.

Though all of that may seem like a mess of flavors tossed together, it works surprisingly well. If you're up for a cocktail adventure, the Lady Liberty is sure to please!


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the rum, orgeat, maraschino, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, and absinthe.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Orgeat syrup is an almond-flavored syrup that's often accented with rose or orange flower water. While you can make it at home, it's likely easier to buy it. You can find it online and in some well-stocked liquor stores.
  • Don't overpour the absinthe, just a dash will do. Adding too much can quickly overpower the drink with its anise flavor and it will be difficult to bring it back into balance.

Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer (or simply don't have it), skip the absinthe. You can also use other anise-flavored liqueurs such as Herbsaint, ouzo, raki, and sambuca as a substitute.
  • Typically, it's not recommended to substitute Yellow Chartreuse for Green. The two liqueurs use different herbs and spices in the recipes and Green is considerably stronger, so it will not get lost in the drink. However, if Yellow Chartreuse is the only option in your bar, it may work rather well in this cocktail, so go ahead and try it.

How Strong Is a Lady Liberty Cocktail?

The Lady Liberty is filled with flavor (and alcohol) but it's not too bad when it comes to the strength. This cocktail should mix up to 19 percent ABV (38 proof) or so. While that's strong compared to the average highball, it is lighter than martini style drinks. Take it slow and enjoy every sip and you shouldn't have a problem.