1 oz cognac

1 tsp. simple syrup

1/6 oz curacao

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 dash absinthe

1 oz club soda or champagne


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass except for soda (or champagne). Fill with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with soda or champagne and add a twist of lemon, and then use it for a garnish.

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For as long as there’s been alcohol, there’s probably been someone searching for a morning after remedy. What’s curious is that so many of these curatives usually feature additional alcohol. The Morning Glory Cocktail is a fine example of one of these hair-of-the-dog cures.

The recipe first appeared in Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide published in 1887, and it’s a formidable cocktail. With equal parts rye whiskey and brandy (with a dash of Absinthe thrown in for the hell of it), it may not cure you of the effects of the previous night, but it might make you forget all about them in the first place.

Regardless of how, when or why you choose to enjoy a Morning Glory, you’re in for a remarkable cocktail. For a spirit heavy drink, it’s surprisingly light and drinkable. Consider it as a solid beverage contender for your next brunch, lunch, dinner or whenever.

Wondrich, David. Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar. New York, NY: Perigee Book/Penguin Group, 2007. Print.