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often brandy, often whiskey, often white wine, usually champagne on top, maybe some vermouth, some kirsch, some bitters or dashes of liqueurs, but no citrus juice

The Ohio Cocktail is a German cocktail—perhaps the German cocktail—dating to the late 1890s, with many recipes spanning the ensuing decades, but few consistent characteristics; it is generally spiritous, and often topped with champagne, which can’t help but make it celebratory in some sense.

Shown, above, are a couple Ohio recipes from the 1913 Lexikon der Getranke. Here’s a basic adaptation of the first example:


Stir with ice:

  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1/4 oz vanilla liqueur or vanilla syrup
  • 1–1/2 oz white wine

Strain into a champagne saucer

Fill with champagne

Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz