The Grandfather Cocktail is a classic cocktail that originated in the 1880s at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky. The drink was created by George J. Kappeler, head bartender at the Pendennis Club, who compiled “Cocktails: How to Mix Them” in 1887. The original recipe called for Old Tom gin, which gave it its name.

Spirits Used:


1 ounce Bourbon whiskey
1 ounce Applejack
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
½ tsp Angostura Bitters
½ tsp Peychaud’s Bitters
Maraschino cherry


1. Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
2. Garnish with cherry.
3. Serve in a Cocktail Glass.

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