The Harvard Cocktail

Dating back to 1895 this Ivy League cocktail first appears in George J. Kappeler’s 1895 Modern American Drinks. The original recipe calls for equal parts of Cognac and Sweet Vermouth embellished with a touch of simple syrup, bitters and soda. In modern versions the sweetness has been tapered by increasing the Cognac and decreasing the Sweet Vermouth. We started with the original and found it to be a bit on the sweet side but refreshing and lifted up by the use of Soda Water. It is one of those drinks you need to tinker with to suit your own tastes. Cheers!

The Harvard Cocktail

In a shaker glass filled with ice add:

  • ½ jigger Cognac
  • ½ jigger of sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash simple syrup (to taste)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir to chill and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce of chilled soda water. The original calls for no garnish but we like an Orange Twist.