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Coronation Cocktail Recipe


Coronation Cocktail

Coronation Cocktail

Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

Here is a classic vermouth drink from the old days of bartending. The Coronation is simple, almost like the Duplex, but with a little applejack added.

This recipe is an adaptation of one found in A.S. Crockett's The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book which calls for applejack with a dash of apricot brandy. It is still possible to find the colonial-era spirit applejack thanks to brands like Lairds, but if it's easier, you can use apple brandy. When opting for the second choice, I like to skip the apricot brandy and add Fee Brother Peach Bitters instead.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

What's in a name?
According to the 1935 A.S. Crockett book The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, the Coronation was created in anticipation of the "ten minutes' rest the late King Edward got when they sat him on the Stone of Scone." Sometimes called the Stone of Destiny or the Coronation Scone, it was used for centuries during the coronation of Scottish and English royalty and was supposedly housed at an abbey in Scone, Scotland.

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