Californication Cocktail is a drink that was introduced in the 1980s. It was designed by bartender Audrey Saunders and popularized by writer Tom Wolfe. His novel, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1987) begins with an act of Californication, when Sherman McCoy steps out of his limousine on Wall Street to get an eyeful of “the barbarians”—the Wall Street traders who were then (in the early 1980s) making the decisions that would shape America’s future. Tom Wolfe went on to create a cocktail called “Californication” for his friend, Audrey Saunders, who had opened a bar in New York City called Pravda.

Spirit Used



½ ounce of vodka, gin, white rum and tequila
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce Orange liqueur
3 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
Garnish with slice of fresh cut orange


1. A mixture of run, vodka, tequila and gin finished with orange liqueur, lemon juice and orange juice to mask the various spirits used throughout. Strong and yet sweet.
2. The cocktail is finished with either a slice of orange or a twisted peel of orange rind.

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