Cognac, ruby port, curacao — try this Betsy Ross recipe

Watch Rachael Merritt make the Betsy Ross

Rachael Merritt, from Sydney bar Jangling Jack’s, steps us through the Betsy Ross cocktail.


Betsy Ross was born in 1752, and became an American icon as the most well-known woman from the days of the American revolutionary war. Legend has it that it was Ross who was responsible for sewing the first ever American flag, bringing together the stars and stripes.

Whether or not that story is true — it’s authenticity is doubtful, though she did sew flags during the war — she did end up lending her name to this great drink (and no, she didn’t invent it).

Combining cognac with ruby port, The PDT Cocktail Book suggests the recipe comes from Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies Companion. Be sure to use ruby port in this drink, which gives a fresher, fruitier take than if you were to use a tawny style port.

Take a look at the specs below.

Betsy Ross recipe

Betsy Ross recipe

  • 45ml VSOP cognac
  • 20ml ruby port
  • 15ml Grand Mariner
  • Dash bitters 
  • Nutmeg grated on top to garnish

Stir down all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass.

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