Harvard Cocktail – Original 1895 George Kappeler Recipe

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Harvard Cocktail
Harvard Cocktail

First popping up in George J. Kappeler’s 1895 cocktail book, Modern American Drinks, this is the sister drink to the Yale and Princeton Cocktails. I have listed the original George J. Kappeler recipe here, but the 1935 Old Waldorf Astoria recipe is probably the more well-known version. The Waldorf Astoria recipe is 1/2 oz brandy, 1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, two dashes of orange bitters, and 1 oz soda water.

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Harvard Cocktail

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Learn how to make the classic 1906 Harvard Cocktail


  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 3 dashes Gum Syrup

  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 oz Brandy

  • 1/2 oz Soda Water


  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a separate mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir to chill and combine those ingredients.
  • Pour into the serving glass and gently add the soda water.



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