The Acerbic Mrs. Parker Cocktail

The Acerbic Mrs.Parker
Photo by Noah Fecks

Courtesy Allen Katz, The Shanty at New York Distilling Company, Brooklyn, NY

An easy to build, punchbowl-ready cocktail, perfect for when you’re short on time. Just like the sharp-tongued writer for whom it’s named (Dorothy Parker, of the Algonquin Round Table), this drink may appear demure, but it packs a punch.

The Acerbic Mrs. Parker 
  • 16 ounces gin (Katz prefers Dorothy Parker American Gin)
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 4 ounces hibiscus syrup (or other floral syrup)
  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • Seltzer, to top
  • 8 orange wedges, for garnish

Funnel first four ingredients into an empty 1-liter bottle. When ready to serve, shake well to mix, then divide among eight glasses (or pour 3 ¼ ounces into each glass). Scoop ice into each glass, and stir to chill. Top each glass with chilled seltzer. Garnish each glass with an orange wedge. Serves 8.

Published on August 9, 2017
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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