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How to Make the Coronation Cocktail No. 1

Time to dust off your copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock and open it to the Coronation Cocktail No. 1. This classic cocktail was created for the coronation of England’s King Edward VII in 1902 and to celebrate the coronation of our new King Charles III.

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As we are preparing to crown the new king, it’s fun to remind ourselves that as early as 1902, cocktails were flowing in London! To prepare for King Charles’s coronation and your own coronation celebrations or street party, time to practice a recipe made for the royal family.

Although it’s rumored that King Charles loves his dry martinis before dinner and his scotch whisky after, it’s fun to think he might rustle up a few of these before the big day.

The Coronation Cocktail No. 1 was also included in Charles S. Mahoney’s Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide, which was first published in 1905 and the old Waldorf-Astoria bar book!

Where to find ingredients for the Coronation Cocktail No 1

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

What goes into a Coronation Cocktail No 1?

Dry vermouth is the key ingredient, providing a dry and slightly bitter taste. The fino dry sherry adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavor to the drink. The maraschino liqueur and orange bitters give the cocktail a subtle sweetness and a hint of citrus.

When making the Coronation Cocktail No. 1, it is important to use the best ingredients. The vermouth should be fresh. The fino sherry should be premium. Also the maraschino or cherry liqueur is of the best standard.

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What tools you need to make Coronation Cocktail No 1

You won’t be needing a cocktail shaker for this classic drink! Grab a mixing glass, jigger, a barspoon, a strainer, and a martini glass for this Coronation Cocktail No 1 recipe.

When it comes to mixing and serving the Coronation Cocktail No. 1, there are a few key steps to follow to ensure that you create the perfect drink.

First, gather all of the necessary ingredients, including dry vermouth, fino sherry, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, and a lemon twist for garnish. Measure out the ingredients and add them to a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.

Next, use a bar spoon to stir the mixture until it is well-chilled. This will help to dilute the drink slightly and ensure that all of the flavors are well-mixed.

Once the drink is properly stirred, strain it into a chilled glass. This can be a cocktail glass or a coupe glass, depending on your preference. Make sure that the glass is properly chilled beforehand to keep the drink at the ideal temperature.

Finally, add a lemon twist for garnish. This can be achieved by peeling a thin strip of lemon zest and twisting it over the drink to release the oils.

Then raise a glass to King Charles III!

Where to find more royal cocktails!

Here is the recipe!

Coronation Cocktail no 1

Coronation Cocktail No 1

This classic cocktail was created for the coronation of England’s King Edward VII in 1902 and to celebrate the coronation of our new King Charles III.
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Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 213 kcal


  • 2 ounces Dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce Fino sherry
  • 2 dashes Maraschino liqueur
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon twist


  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass
  • Add ice
  • Stir, stir, stir
  • Strain into a martini glass 
  • Garnish with the lemon twist


Serving: 1gCalories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gSodium: 189mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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