Harry Johnson’s Turf Cocktail

Earlier this month, cocktail historians Jared Brown and Anastatia Miller led a group of bartenders and industry professionals on an historic journey around NYC and the boroughs to explore the life and times of bartender and author, Harry Johnson. Beginning at the grave of Harry Johnson in Greenwood Cemetery, the tour made stops at Delmonico’s, Harry’s Bar in Hanover Square, and Keen’s Steakhouse—all relevant establishments to Harry’s career and life in New York.  Along the way, cocktails from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual or How to Mix Drinks were enjoyed including the Turf Cocktail.

Turf Cocktail by Harry Johnson

3 dashes of orange bitters
3 dashes of Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of Pernod Absinthe
2 oz Dry Vermouth
2 oz of Plymouth gin

Stir up well with a spoon, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a medium size olive and serve.

Envious of those who got to take the tour? Me too! But at least we can all enjoy the cocktail. Cheers!


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