Midnight Stroll Cocktail Recipe

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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.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Midnight Stroll is a cocktail that evokes the quiet, contemplative walks taken under the moonlit sky. It's a modern concoction, likely inspired by the classicism of the Old Fashioned but with a twist that brings a more herbal and bitter complexity.

  • Who Would Enjoy It?
    • Fans of rye whiskey.
    • Those who appreciate bitter aperitifs like Campari.
    • Adventurers of deep, herbal flavors from Amaro.

How Midnight Stroll Tastes?

The Midnight Stroll is a symphony of flavors. It's robust and warm from the rye whiskey, with a pronounced bitterness from the Campari. The Amaro Ramazzotti adds a complex herbal sweetness, while the dry curaçao provides a subtle citrusy backdrop. The Peychaud's Bitters tie everything together with its light anise and floral notes.

Interesting facts about Midnight Stroll

  • The Midnight Stroll is not a traditional cocktail, but rather a contemporary creation that plays on classic ingredients.
  • It's perfect for sipping slowly, allowing the layers of flavor to unfold over time.
  • The orange twist garnish is not just for show; the oils expressed over the drink add a fresh dimension to the aroma.


Rye Whiskey: 1.5 oz is the backbone, giving the drink a spicy and bold flavor. More and you might overwhelm the other ingredients; less and you lose the drink's foundation.

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Campari: 0.75 oz provides the signature bitter kick. Without it, you miss the counterpoint to the rye's heat.

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Amaro Ramazzotti: 0.5 oz adds a herbal complexity. Skipping it would leave the cocktail less nuanced.

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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao: 0.25 oz gives a subtle orangey sweetness. Too much can make the drink cloying.

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Peychaud's Bitters: A dash tightens up all the flavors. It's like tuning a guitar; without it, the drink is less harmonious.

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Orange Twist: The garnish's oils put the final olfactory touch. It's the difference between a starry night and one with a bit of magic.

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Recipe. How to make Midnight Stroll Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of rye whiskey.
  3. Measure and pour 0.75 oz of Campari.
  4. Add 0.5 oz of Amaro Ramazzotti.
  5. Pour in 0.25 oz of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao.
  6. Add a dash of Peychaud's Bitters.
  7. Stir the mixture until well chilled.
  8. Express the oils of an orange twist over the glass, and drop it in as garnish.
  9. Serve and enjoy the complexity.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh ice to avoid diluting the cocktail with melted water from the ice.
  • When expressing the orange twist, make sure to do it over the glass to capture all the essential oils.
  • Stir the cocktail for at least 30 seconds to ensure proper chilling and dilution.

Perfect Pairings

  • Chocolate Desserts: The bitterness of Campari and the herbal notes of Amaro Ramazzotti could complement the sweet and rich flavors of dark chocolate.
  • Charcuterie Boards: The spiciness of the rye whiskey and the complexity of the cocktail could stand up to the strong flavors of cured meats and artisanal cheeses.
  • Grilled Steak: A hearty meat dish like grilled steak would pair well with the bold and robust flavors of a Midnight Stroll.
  • Spicy Asian Cuisine: The sweetness of the curaçao and bitterness of the Amaro can balance out the heat in dishes like spicy Thai curry.

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What you could change in Midnight Stroll

  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon can be used for a sweeter profile.
  • Amaro Ramazzotti: Substitute with another amaro like Averna for a different herbal note.
  • Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao: Triple sec or another orange liqueur can be a suitable replacement.

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And of course - twists🍹

  • Midnight Stroll by the Orchard: Substitute Amaro Ramazzotti with Apple Brandy: This twist offers a fruity warmth, leading to a sweeter and slightly less bitter concoction. Perfect for a crisp evening.
  • Summer Night's Dream: Add a splash of soda water and serve in a highball: The addition of effervescence lightens the drink, making it more refreshing and suitable for warmer weather.
  • The Herbalist's Walk: Replace Peychaud's with a dash of Green Chartreuse: This brings a more pronounced herbal note and a slight increase in alcohol content, creating a headier experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Midnight Stroll

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Midnight Stroll

What type of glass is recommended for serving a Midnight Stroll?

A rocks glass, also known as an old-fashioned glass, is recommended for serving a Midnight Stroll to showcase its rich hue and allow for the aroma to be appreciated.

How can I tell if my cocktail is well chilled?

A well-chilled cocktail will cause the outside of the glass to become slightly frosted. You should also feel the coldness of the glass when holding it.

Is there a vegan alternative to using orange twist as garnish?

The orange twist garnish is already vegan-friendly. It adds a burst of citrus aroma without any animal products.

Can the Midnight Stroll be made in advance?

It's best enjoyed freshly made, but you could mix the spirits in advance and store in a cool place, adding the bitters and garnish upon serving.

What is the significance of stirring a cocktail vs. shaking it?

Stirring a cocktail, like the Midnight Stroll, usually results in a clearer and more subtly diluted drink, whereas shaking a cocktail often leads to a colder, slightly aerated and more diluted beverage.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Midnight Stroll?

Non-alcoholic versions can be made using non-alcoholic whiskey and aperitif substitutes, but they will have a different flavor profile.

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