Low-ABV cocktails are not just for January or moderation. The Adonis (featured below) is one of my favorite cocktails all year round! But in the spirit of moderation & January, below are four low-ABV cocktails we will happily indulge in any time of year. Best of all, they are all low prep, contain minimal ingredients, and are deliciously satisfying.
For the Negroni lover of any variation, try an Americano or the Suzie Americano.
Americano | creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari in Milan, in the 1860s.
For a bit of pop culture trivia, an Americano is the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel in Ian Fleming's series, Casino Royale.
- 1 1/2 ounces Campari
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (the original recipe calls for Punt e Mes, but you can swap for Cocchi Vermouth di Torino or Carpano Antica but choose your own adventure!)
- Soda water, chilled, to top.
- Garnish: orange twist
- Fill a highball glass with ice, then add the Campari and sweet vermouth.
- Top with the soda water and stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
Suzie Americano: Fans of the White Negroni try this aromatic twist on the Americano. Invented by Good Vodka Co-Founder Tristan Willey, he combines the gentian liqueur Suze with white vermouth and club soda.
- 1 oz Suze
- 1 oz of medium-sweet vermouth (the original recipe calls for Carpano Bianco but Dolin Blanc is a comparable substitute).
- Club soda, to top
- Garnish: Grapefruit twist
- Add Suze and medium-sweet vermouth to a Collins glass filled with ice and stir.
- Top with soda water, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Sherry lovers delight! Thirst quenching and food friendly. Try an Adonis or Bamboo.
Adonis | The Adonis cocktail itself dates to the mid-1880s, when it was created at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in honor of the Broadway musical Adonis.
- 1 1/2 ounces dry sherry (Try Valdespino Fino Inocente)
- 1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth (Dolin Dry Vermouth)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Garnish: lemon twist
- Add the dry sherry, dry vermouth, Angostura bitters and orange bitters into a mixing glass with cracked ice, and stir until well-chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Bamboo | The first reference of this cocktail dates to 1886 but there are many conflicting stories of its actual origin. Check this article for a deeper dive.
- 1 1/2 ounces fino sherry (Try Valdespino Fino Inocente)
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (the original recipe calls for Italian vermouth, try Cocchi Vermouth di Torino)
- Garnish: orange peel
- Add the fino sherry and the sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
Pro tip: You can combine almost any of your favorite aperitifs or liqueurs with a splash of club soda, & BOOM, you have yourself a spritz! Vermouth & soda water with a twist is my simple yet delicious personal favorite