Astoria Vecchio 1.000

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Spirits Feb 15, 2012

There are many variations on the early-20th-century Astoria cocktail, itself simply a variation on the martini.

This version calls for one of several historic spirits: You can use genever, a Dutch precursor to gin with a malt wine base, or Old Tom gin, a malty style prevalent in the 19th century -- especially a barrel-aged Old Tom such as Ransom, from Oregon. If you can find a barrel-aged gin, such as Citadelle Reserve, that also would be delightful here. As for the bianco or blanc vermouth, look for Martini or Dolin.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 2 1/2 ounces genever
  • 1 ounce white vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Twist of orange peel, for garnish


Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the genever, vermouth and bitters. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the twist of orange peel.

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Recipe Source

From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Jason Wilson and Michael Taylor.

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