The John Wayne is a very interesting drink in that it doesn’t really embody the the essence of rugged or western. Instead the drink has a more bitter citrus aroma and more southern presentation. If anything it as a bit of a sandy color thanks to the hues of the ingredients. The drink calls for Angostura Bitters, so to compliment the drink I chose the orange bitters version. The cocktail starts out with a pleasant bitter citrus (standard aromatics might give a slightly different flavor) and ends with a full bourbon flavor. It’s a good slow sipper drink, but I do feel it might be more well rounded with a little extra OJ.
Alcohol Rating: 6-7/10
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, but try some variations.
The John Wayne
2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Amaretto
2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Shake and strain ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass. Float an orange slice on top.
3 thoughts on “John Wayne Cocktail”
This is a great cocktail – tried it at The Cats in Los Gatos and it’s my new favorite
Try smoking the glass, it really steps it up.
Oh man haven’t done that in ages! Might have to revisit this one in a future post now.