Queen Victoria

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People tend to have very strong feelings about the cinnamon-herbal taste of sweet vermouth, so I don’t recommend serving the Queen Victoria cocktail to unsuspecting guests. In most cocktails where it appears, it’s a lesser ingredient.

Queen Victoria cocktail with lemon twist and cinnamon stick

Not so in this the Queen Victoria, where it appears in an amount equal to the cognac, making it a prominent flavor in the drink. Those who hate it will almost assuredly hate this cocktail. Try the Queen Victoria as a digestif or aperitif. It’s great in cold weather, when warming flavors like cinnamon and orange come into their own.

Overhead view of Queen Victoria cocktail with lemon twist and cinnamon stick

Recipe

  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce orange curacao

Stir everything together with ice and strain into a martini glass. No garnish is called for, but if you want one, try a cinnamon stick or a twist of orange peel.

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Last Updated:

October 26, 2023