1 1⁄2 oz Rye (or bourbon)
3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth
1⁄2 oz Lime juice
Instructions

Shake and strain into cocktail glass

Notes

Originally made with rye. A good alternative for Margarita drinkers.

Cocktail summary
Created by
"Savoy Cocktail Book" (1930), adapted by Gary Regan
Year
1930
Is an
authentic recipe
Reference

"Joy of Mixology" by Gary Regan

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Average
4 stars
(28 ratings)
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Comments

I like this but have always found it a little lacking in depth.  Tonight I added 1/4 oz of St George Bruto Americano amaro and found it an improvement.  Maybe will try a similar experiment with Cynar.


I had to try this drink; after all, there were 11 people who rated the "Oriental" at 4.0, and only one comment. I put the libation together using Rittenhouse rye, Dolin sweet vermouth, Cointreau, and lime juice. For my taste, the "Oriental" was a tad limey, so I added a Rittenhouse rye float of approximately 1 tsp, and things were much more to my liking. All in all, I would use less lime juice, or use more rye (perhaps 1 3/4 oz), or use the recipe but add a rye float. My vote is for the last option, but only because I tried it, and it worked out well.

Over all, I rated this drink at 3.5. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the "Oriental" is a good alternative for Margarita drinkers. I would say, however, that Margarita drinkers may find this to be a welcoming libation. Regardless, enjoy your drinks, but drive responsibly.