Man O' War Recipe

Bourbon, Orange Curaçao, Sweet Vermouth, Lemon Juice
Man O' War
Photo for Arid Martini

The Man o' War cocktail is named for one of the most legendary racehorses of all time, who won numerous high-profile races in the years following WWI. The standard recipe calls for a full ounce of orange curaçao or triple sec (Grand Marnier is a good choice), but we felt that was a bit too sweet considering the rest of the ingredients and halved it.

Like any good horse-racing cocktail the Man o' War features bourbon at the forefront. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice, as that gives it the citrusy kick it needs to cut through the orange liqueur and vermouth.

Man O' War Ingredients

2 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz orange curaçao
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Orange or lemon twist for garnish

How to make a Man O' War

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange or lemon twist and serve.
Man O' War