Saratoga Cocktail Recipe

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Saratoga Cocktail Recipe

Jerry Thomas’ “Bar-Tenders Guide” printed the recipe for the first time during the 1880s claiming it was developed in Saratoga Springs, New York, the day’s equivalent to today’s Las Vegas in terms of vacations and gambling. The classic recipe for a Saratoga cocktail can be found here. This drink has everything that’s great about the Manhattan and metropolitan recipes in one cocktail creating a delicious combination that whiskey and brandy drinkers will both appreciate.

To make it, add equal parts brandy, whiskey, and sweet vermouth to a highball glass, and add a couple of dashes of bitters to finish off the mix. Some people prefer it with a bold bourbon though most prefer rye whiskey. Drinkers who are unfamiliar with this cocktail may find it difficult to get into it initially, but once a certain combination of brandy and whiskey is used, they become fans. Because of this, Saratogas are rather finicky, so try a few different combinations to find the one that works best for you. It will also create a better tasting cocktail from beginning to end if the glass is well-chilled.


  • The cocktail can be shaken instead of stirred if you prefer. It is likely that the additional dilution from the agitation will make the flavors blend even better.
  • An old-fashioned glass is the best vessel for this cocktail when served on the rocks.
  • Another method often used with the Manhattan, and works particularly well with slow melting ice cubes or ice balls.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Saratoga Cocktail Recipe is 3 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Saratoga Cocktail Recipe is 182 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Saratoga Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • mixing glass


  • cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • lemon twist (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  • Pour the brandy, whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir it well.
  • Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Twist a lemon over the glass then drop it into the drink to garnish.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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