|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*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.|
The Oriental cocktail is a classic recipe originally published in "The Savoy Cocktail Book." While it contains no ingredients from Asia (or the Orient as it was commonly called at the time), there is a reason for the name.
The story goes that the Oriental cocktail was created by an American engineer stationed in the Philippines in 1924. This gentleman nearly died of a fever and gave this recipe to the doctor who saved his life as a token of his appreciation.
This cocktail is easy to prepare, quick, and surprisingly tasty. Featuring the spiciness of rye whiskey cut with orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and lime juice, it is a sort of hybrid of the Manhattan and sidecar. Though a bit unusual, you'll find it to be a surprisingly delightful drink.
Gather the ingredients.
Add all ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Garnish with a cherry. Serve and enjoy.
- The choice of whiskey should be well thought out. A robust, flavorful rye whiskey shines in this drink.
- Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine and doesn't have the shelf life of liquor. If your bottle has been open for longer than 3 months, it is likely losing flavor or has already gone stale and should be replaced.
- For the orange liqueur, a top-shelf triple sec or orange curaçao is the best choice.
- Fresh lime juice is key to finding the cocktail's balance of sweet and sour. The original recipe from Harry Craddock's 1930 edition of "The Savoy Cocktail Book" called for "juice from half a lime." That can be misleading because every lime is going to yield a different amount of juice. As this obscure cocktail reclaimed its space in the modern drinking sphere, bartenders have come to agree that 1/2 ounce of lime juice is the perfect fit.