Liqueurs, Vermouth & Bitters Cocktails & Quiz Answers

Photography by Rob Palmer

Drinks shot at Felix


A selection of tempting liqueurs, vermouth and bitters cocktails from February’s Bartender magazine.

The Last Word


20ml Gin
20ml Maraschino liqueur
20ml Green Chartreuse
20ml Fresh lime juice

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, circa 1920

The Last Word
The Aviation Aviation

50ml Larios Gin
20ml Lemon juice
2 Dashes Bols Maraschino Liqueur
2 Dashes crème de Violette (or Bols Parfait Amour in a pinch)

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Adapted from Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, 1916

Lindstrom’s Cover Up

40ml Dolin Dry Vermouth
30ml Junipero Gin
7.5ml Henri Bardouin Pastis
40ml Ruby Red Grapefruit juice
10ml Elderflower cordial

Shaken and strained, served in a cocktail glass, garnished with a lemon twist.

Nathan Beasley, Black Pearl, Melbourne

Lindstrom's Cover Up

Yuzu Slushie

30ml Giffard Lemon Giallo (Limoncello)
15ml Russian Standard Vodka
15ml Shochu
7.5ml Yuzu juice
10ml Sugar syrup
1 Tsp Yuzu curd
2 Drops Regans’ Orange Bitters

Mix in a slushie machine and serve in a plastic cup. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Petr Dvoracek, Ms G’s, Sydney

Yuzu Slushie
Trader Vic's Derby Cocktail Derby Cocktail

30ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey
15ml Martini Rosso Vermouth
15ml Patron Citronage
20ml Fresh lime juice
2 Mint leaves

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake briskly. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail class and garnish with a mint leaf.

Adapted from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, 1947

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

60ml Aperol
10ml Blood Orange Caramel*
10ml Lemon juice
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Build in a Reidel O Burgundy glass over hand chipped ice. Garnish with an orange twist. *If you must substitute try using the Simple Syrup Company’s Burnt Orange and Vanilla Syrup.

Julian Serna, Porteño, Sydney

Nikkal Cocktail

45ml Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
20ml Pineapple infused Noilly Prat Vermouth
15ml Manzanilla sherry
2 Dashes Bob’s Orange & Spice bitters

Stir down and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Jess Arnott, Victoria Room, Sydney

The Nikkal Cocktail

Felix Flip

30ml Angostura bitters
30ml El Dorado 5yr old rum
30ml Orgeat
30ml Fresh orange juice
1 Egg

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a wine glass. Garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters.

Doron Whaite, Felix, Sydney

Felix Flip

Liqueurs, Vermouth & Bitters Quiz Answers

Think you know your Liqueurs, Vermouth & Bitters? Here’s the answers to the quiz from February’s Bartender magazine

1. Who, in 1786, is credited with creating a new drink vermuth? Antonio Benedetto Carpano
2. What does the word vermouth mean? Wormwood
3. Why would some people consider vermouth in a vodka martini to be not as complimentary as when it’s used in a gin martini?Because gin’s botanicals compliment those found in vermouth
4. What vermouth celebrated its 500th year anniversary last year? DOM Benedictine
5. Approximately how different herbal extracts are used in producing Chartreuse? 130
6. What popular RTD beverage was created in 1932 and is still available today? Campari & Soda
7. Aperol’s orangey red colour comes from: cinchona, gentian, bitter oranges and what other ingredient? Rhubarb
8. When was the Bols Family distillery in Amsterdam founded? 1575
9. What high profile nightclub was Midori launched at in 1978? Studio 54
10. Where does Angostura Bitters get its name from? From the port town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolivar) in Venezuela where it was first made.

  1. dose any one know what the name of the glass the last word is in?
    or where i can get some

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