Old Waldorf Bar Days (1931) describes Yale University — founded in New Haven on October 9, 1701 — as "An institution somewhere beyond Old Greenwich, where many young men go for the purpose of commuting to New York for weekends." We’re celebrating the anniversary of Yale’s founding with the cocktail named in its honor.
The Yale Cocktail originated in New York during the late nineteenth century, with two competing recipes from two different bars. Our version is closer to the recipe published by the Waldorf-Astoria. The club soda cuts through the sweetness of the Old Tom Gin and the sweet vermouth, making for a lighter version of the classic Martinez.
1½ oz Old Tom gin 1½ oz sweet vermouth 2 dashes orange bitters Club soda
Combine the gin, vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30 seconds until chilled. Strain into a coupe class and add the club soda to top off the drink. Garnish with a lemon twist.