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Poet’s Dream

Poets Dream Recipe

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Poets Dream Recipe

Poet's Dream Cocktail Recipe

The Poet's Dream was originally featured in the Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book (1935) as an equal parts cocktail without the addition of bitters.
It was then adapted to a format that more closely resembles a classic martini recipe and featured in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book (1937).
The recipe listed was featured in the Esquire Handbook a decade or so later and is a lower ABV drink - hero-ing the Benedictine and it's sweet, honeyed, herbal notes.
3.58 from 21 votes


  • 30 ml Gin 1 oz
  • 30 ml Dry Vermouth 2 oz
  • 15 ml Benedictine Liqueur 0.5 oz
  • 2 Dashes of Orange Bitters


  • Combine the ingredients into your mixing glass
  • Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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