Madison Avenue Cocktail

Classic Madison Avenue Cocktail Recipe
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

The Madison Avenue cocktail is a great classic drink that is similar to the mojito, but just a little bit different. The recipe has the same rum, lime, and mint base, it skips the muddle, and it adds a hint of orange. It's both familiar and unique while offering a refreshing and nicely balanced cocktail to enjoy.

The creator of this drink was Eddie Woelke, who worked at the Weylin Bar around 1936. The bar was located in a hotel of the same name on Madison Avenue in New York City which was built in 1921. During Prohibition, Woelke had fled to Cuba to tend bar and he is well-known for creating the El Presidente and Mary Pickford cocktails. He definitely had a preference for rum as all three use the spirit as the foundation.


  • 1 1/2 ounces rum (white)
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau)
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • 3 to 4 mint leaves
  • Garnish: sprig of mint
  • Garnish: lime slice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, and bitters. Add a few mint leaves.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with fresh ice.

  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • This isn't designed to be a mint cocktail, rather a cocktail with a hint of mint. Keep the mint leaves to just a few instead of the full sprig common in mojitos for a balanced drink.
  • Since there's no muddling involved, wake up the mint's essential oils by slapping the leaves between your palms or tearing them a little bit. You should notice that they become more fragrant.
  • Fresh lime juice will create a better Madison Avenue. Since the average lime yields about 1 ounce, you can simply squeeze half of a fruit into the shaker.

Recipe Variations

  • One variation on this cocktail uses equal parts of orange liqueur and lime juice, pouring 3/4 ounce of each.
  • The drink can be served without ice in an old-fashioned or cocktail glass if you prefer. It's best when the glass is chilled.
  • Though white (or light) rum is recommended, try this cocktail with an aged rum to give it a little more depth.

How Strong Is a Madison Avenue Cocktail?

The Madison Avenue cocktail is a pretty strong drink, something you'll want to keep in mind before mixing up another round. When made with Cointreau and a rum of equal strength (80 proof), it shakes up to about 28 percent ABV (56 proof). To put that into perspective, it's stronger than a daiquiri and more along the lines of a whiskey Manhattan.