Stork Club 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 7, 2024


The Stork Club cocktail is a classic drink that originated at the famous Stork Club in New York City during the 1930s and 1940s. The club was a popular hangout for celebrities, socialites, and politicians, and the cocktail was a favorite among the patrons. The Stork Club was known for its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, making this cocktail a perfect representation of the era.

How Stork Club Tastes?

The Stork Club cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The orange juice adds a refreshing citrusy taste, while the gin provides a strong, herbal backbone. The triple sec and lime juice balance the sweetness with a tart, zesty kick, and the dash of Angostura bitters adds a subtle depth of flavor.

Interesting facts about Stork Club

  • The Stork Club was a famous New York City nightclub that operated from 1929 to 1965.
  • The cocktail was named after the club where it was created and became a symbol of the glamorous lifestyle associated with the venue.
  • The Stork Club cocktail is often served in a chilled cocktail glass, garnished with an orange twist, to highlight its elegant and sophisticated origins.


A few good options for Stork Club are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The gin (2oz) is the mighty backbone of the Stork Club cocktail, giving it that juniper-driven punch. Too much gin could turn the drink into a boozy beast, too little and the other flavors would stage a coup. Without it, you'd be missing the soul of the cocktail! Alternatives: A vodka for a less characterful base, a bit like swapping out your favorite jazz record for elevator music.

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The orange juice (1oz) brightens up the drink like sunshine in a glass, marrying well with gin's botanicals. Not enough might make the drink a tad too tart, too much can overpower subtler notes. Lose it, and the cocktail becomes less brunch and more 'just forgot the orange'. Sub in some mandarin juice for a sweeter twist on life.

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A good triple sec like Cointreau (0.5oz) brings a sweet, orangey zing, acting as a wingman to the orange juice. It bolsters the citrus theme. Less, and the sweetness wanes; too much, and it's like a sugar bomb defusing your taste buds. Without triple sec, the cocktail would miss some depth. Swapping with Curacao will give a similar effect but with an exotic twist.

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Lime juice (0.5oz) is the tart goodbye kiss that makes you want more. Gets along with everyone but can steal the spotlight if overdone. Too little, and the cocktail's balance tips towards sweet monotony. Skip it, and you've got a drink with no sass. Subbing lemon juice could work if you prefer a less cheeky tartness.

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That one dash of Angostura bitters is like the dash of cologne that turns heads; it adds complexity and depth. It's strong, so even one extra dash can turn your drink into a bitter battleground. Without it, the drink loses its aromatic flair. Try orange bitters if you want to reinforce the citrus theme without dialing up the bite.

Alex Green


Lastly, the orange twist is not just a pretty face; it's aromatic oils kiss the surface, whispering sweet nothings to your nose. No twist, and you miss that first scented impression, making it just a drink, not an experience.

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Recipe. How to make Stork Club Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, orange juice, triple sec, lime juice, and Angostura bitters to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use freshly squeezed orange juice for a more refreshing taste.
  • Chill the cocktail glass before serving to keep the drink cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Light salads: Fresh greens with a vinaigrette will complement the citrus notes.
  • Seafood canapés: Shrimp or crab bites go well with the delicate gin flavor.

Main Dishes

  • Grilled chicken: The refreshing citrus complements poultry.
  • Pasta with a light lemon cream sauce: Harmonizes with the cocktail's brightness.


  • Lemon sorbet: Continues the citrus theme, cleansing the palate.
  • Almond cookies: The nutty sweetness pairs nicely with the orange and lime.

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What you could change in Stork Club

  • You can substitute gin with vodka if you prefer a less herbal taste.
  • Triple sec can be replaced with any other orange liqueur.
  • If you don't have Angostura bitters, you can use any other type of bitters.

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Stork Club Royale

Ingredients: Gin, Blood Orange Juice, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Champagne, Orange Twist Recipe: Substitute the orange juice with blood orange juice and add a splash of champagne before garnishing. This royal twist gives the classic cocktail a noble upgrade, with the blood orange providing an exotic sweetness and the champagne an effervescent regality. Fancy a tickle of fizzy nobility on your tongue? Here's your crown.

Summer Breeze Stork

Ingredients: Gin, Mango Juice, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters, Mint Leaf Recipe: Swap out orange juice for mango juice and lime for lemon, then garnish with a mint leaf instead of an orange twist. Imagine you're lounging on a tropical beach as this sunny twist turns the classic into a summer holiday encapsulated. A sip, and you’re sailing on a zephyr of exotic freshness.

Spiced Stork

Ingredients: Gin, Orange Juice, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Cinnamon Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Cinnamon Stick Recipe: Add a bar spoon of cinnamon syrup to the shaker and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Welcome to autumn in a glass. The warmth of the cinnamon dances with the gin's botanicals, hugging your senses like a velvet blanket. It’s your favourite sweater in a cocktail form.

In case you forgot basics how to make Stork Club

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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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 Stork Club

What is the origin of the name 'Stork Club' for the cocktail?

The cocktail takes its name from the famous Stork Club in New York City - a popular hangout during the 1930s and 1940s for the city's elite, including celebrities, socialites, and politicians.

Who were some notable patrons of the Stork Club, where the cocktail originated?

The original Stork Club had an influential clientele that included people like Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and even U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Is there a particular type of gin that works best for the Stork Club cocktail?

Any quality dry gin works well for this cocktail, though some might prefer a gin that isn't exceedingly botanical.

Can I use bottled citrus juices instead of freshly squeezed?

While bottled juices can be used, using freshly squeezed juice can significantly enhance the taste and overall freshness of the cocktail.

What kind of glassware is recommended for serving the Stork Club cocktail?

Traditionally, the Stork Club cocktail is served in a chilled cocktail glass to enhance its elegant, sophisticated appeal.

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