The Suburban, named for the nineteenth-century Suburban Handicap horse race series, is a classic cocktail with ingredients and proportions that wouldn’t be out of place in today’s hippest speakeasies.
The original recipe in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book called for rye whiskey and Jamaican rum. We actually prefer it with bourbon, but it’s great both ways. We haven’t met an aged rum we haven’t liked in it it, and it’s pretty stellar with dark rum as well.
- 1½ part Rye whiskey or Bourbon or Blended whiskey
- ½ part Aged rum or Dark rum or Demerara rum
- ½ part Port or White Port
- 1 dash Aromatic bitters
- 1 dash Orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a small chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
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- Suburban Cocktail how-to video at The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess