The Guion is a lovely old 19th-century cocktail, named for the family behind the Guion Line steamship company and likely invented at the Waldorf-Astoria’s bar. Like many other drinks of the era, it’s a strong one – but the strength of the alcohol is tamed a bit by the vermouth and the Benedictine (a sweet herbal liqueur).
The recipe calls for a “float” of Benedictine, but don’t feel bad if yours sinks to the bottom. Benedictine has a higher specific gravity than gin, so its tendency is to sink to the bottom. But it’s no loss if it does, because it’ll still taste absolutely delicious.
Stir the gin, vermouth, and bitters with ice. Strain into a small chilled cocktail or coupe glass, and top with the sweet herbal liqueur.
- The Guion Cocktail with Robert Hess at The Bitter Truth’s website