Poet’s Dream Cocktail

Found in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar book, the Poet’s Dream cocktail is a beautiful representation of how Benedictine can be represented in a cocktail.


1 part gin

1 part dry vermouth

1 part Benedictine


  • stir with ice
  • strain into a cocktail glass
  • garnish with a lemon peel<?li>

  • Comments

    Adam 1 Nov 2011
    9:02 am

    No orange bitters?  Shocking, given the style of drink and period.

    However, this seems like a great Benedictine cocktail and I’ll certainly be giving it a try.  Thanks!

    Steven D. Lauria 2 Nov 2011
    4:47 pm

    Yes, sweet and spicy, cognac-based Benedictine liqueur may work just fine here in this cocktail that otherwise
    would be a classic, 19-century martini with equal parts London Dry gin and French Dry vermouth and a couple of dashes of orange bitters (I like Regan’s) and garnished with an orange peel or lemon peel after expressing the oils over the top in a chilled, cocktail glass.

    Alex Staherski 3 Nov 2011
    7:33 am

    Hi Robert, maybe you’ve addressed this before, but where did you get that nice looking edition of the Waldorf-Astoria book? Is it an original? I’ve been unsuccessful so far at finding a copy. Thanks.

    Luke S 3 Nov 2011
    3:00 pm

    I can’t help but notice that with this addition The Cocktail Spirit has now featured three drinks with virtually the exact same ingredients of benedictine, gin, and dry vermouth (The Poet’s Dream, the Caprice, and the Cabaret).

    The proportions are different (though pretty close between the Caprice and Cabaret), and different bitters are used I suppose, but it’s funny they all have different names rather than just being “variations” of one cocktail. The three ingredients certainly do combine well though.

    blair frodelius 5 Nov 2011
    5:53 am


    That particular copy of the Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book was published about 8 years ago by New Day Publishing.  You can find copies on Ebay easily, even though it’s out of print.



    Leon 15 May 2012
    10:42 am

    where did you get those sweet jiggers with 3/4 oz measurements and magnets??

    Robert Hess 15 May 2012
    11:28 am

    Leon, you can find these jiggers here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NUW60M/

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