The Tuxedo was named after the Tuxedo Club in Orange County, New York – the same establishment that gave its name to the style of gentleman’s evening wear.

The Drink first appears in Harry Johnson’s 1900 Bartender’s Manual. From there, many variations have emerged. Some skip the absinthe, many swap the orange bitters for a more standard brew, and dry gin overtakes Old Tom gin in quite a few recipes. Simon Difford has sorted through the whole thing with a handy table.

The Recipe we have used here is the one by the IBA, which is exactly that of Harry Johnson.

The Tuxedo Club can be found at One West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987, USA.


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  • 30ml Old Tom gin
  • 30ml dry vermouth
  • 1/2 bar spoon maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 bar spoon absinthe
  • 3 dashes orange bitters



Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and a lemon zest twist.

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