Artillery Cocktail Recipe

Artillery Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Artillery cocktail is a classic gin-based drink that dates back to the early 20th century. It is believed to have been named after the British Royal Artillery, as it packs a powerful punch. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy strong, spirit-forward drinks with a hint of sweetness and bitterness.

  • Originated in the early 20th century
  • Named after the British Royal Artillery
  • Ideal for fans of strong, spirit-forward cocktails

How Artillery Tastes?

The Artillery cocktail has a bold, robust flavor profile with a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. It is strong, slightly sweet, and herbal with a hint of citrus.

Interesting facts about Artillery

  • The Artillery cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'cousin' of the classic Martini
  • It is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass, also known as a Martini glass
  • The use of orange bitters adds a subtle citrus note to the drink


A few good options for Artillery are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Recipe. How to make Artillery Drink

  1. Chill the cocktail glass: Place the cocktail glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it.
  2. Combine ingredients: In a mixing glass, combine the gin, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.
  3. Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir the mixture for 20-30 seconds until well chilled.
  4. Strain: Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish: Optionally, garnish the drink with a lemon twist or an orange peel.

Pro Tips

  • Gin: Use a high-quality gin for a smoother taste.
  • Stirring: Stir the cocktail gently to avoid diluting it too much.
  • Garnish: A lemon twist can add a fresh citrusy note to the cocktail.

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What you could change in Artillery

  • Gin: You can substitute gin with vodka if you prefer a less botanical flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used for a less sweet cocktail.
  • Orange Bitters: If you don't have orange bitters, you can use Angostura bitters.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Artillery

What are the benefits of using orange bitters in the Artillery cocktail besides the citrus flavor?

Orange bitters can enhance the flavors of the cocktail, bringing out the botanical tones of the gin and the sweet complexity of the vermouth.

Are there any non-alcoholic variations of the Artillery cocktail?

Yes, you can replace the gin and sweet vermouth with non-alcoholic alternatives available in the market, and keep the orange bitters for flavoring.

How does the taste and feel of Artillery differ if vodka is used instead of gin?

Vodka will make the cocktail smoother and lighter, erasing the botanical flavor prevalent when gin is used.

What can I replace Orange Bitters with if I'm out?

If you don't have orange bitters at hand, Angostura bitters or even grapefruit bitters can serve as a decent replacement.

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Extra information to help you make Artillery

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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