Cole Porter Cocktail Recipe

Cole Porter Cocktail Recipe

Cole Porter Cocktail Recipe

Thumbing through our Waldorf Astoria Bar Book recently, we ran across this nice little variation on a whiskey sour. We like the bit of funk the sherry brings, and we always prefer our sours with an egg white foam; to us, the light texture of the foam brings a refinement to a drink that could otherwise be a bit too obvious.

The drink is named after one of the famous hotel’s most famous residents, the jazz age Broadway composer, Cole Porter. The piano on which Cole Porter composed many of Broadway’s most clever songs remains in the Waldorf-Astoria to this day, and apparently for a price ($150,000/month) you can even rent his suite, just like Frank Sinatra did. The price tag being a tad too steep for us, we’ll settle for lifting a glass of Cole Porter’s namesake cocktail instead.


  • 1 1/2 oz rye
  • 1 oz oloroso sherry
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz sugar
  • egg white
  • orange twist, for garnish
  • Luxardo cherry, for garnish


  • Shake the liquid ingredients and egg white for about 5 seconds without ice–this is not entirely aptly called ‘dry shaking.’
  • Add ice and shake some more, until everything is nice and chilled and the foam is very frothy
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with orange twist and cherry.

Roberts & June