Reviving The Star Cocktail

The Star Cocktail, which was first mentioned in George J. Kappeler’s bartending guide in 1895, still delights refined palates with its elegant flavors. This sophisticated drink is made with finesse and heritage, paying tribute to Laird & Company’s tradition of excellence in apple brandy.

The Star Cocktail, one of New Jersey’s finest using Apple Brandy from Laird & Company.

A perfect Star Cocktail, using Laird & Company’s Bottled in Bond.


  • 2 oz Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange Peel


Crafting the Legacy:

Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond is at the heart of the Star Cocktail, a testament to centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. Distilled to perfection, this premium apple brandy sets the stage for a cocktail experience like no other.
Gerard Laird-Dunn adds Bottled in Bond to the Star Cocktail.

Gerard Laird-Dunn adds Bottled in Bond to the Star Cocktail.

A Taste of Timeless Elegance:

Crafting the Star Cocktail is an art in itself. Combine 2 ounces of Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond with 1 ounce of sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angostura bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir gently until well chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel for a touch of sophistication.


Rediscovering Tradition:

As you sip on the Star Cocktail, you’re not just indulging in a drink—you’re rediscovering a piece of cocktail history. With each sip, you’re transported back to a bygone era of elegance and refinement, where the art of mixology was revered and celebrated.


Embracing the Season:

As spring blooms around us, the Star Cocktail shines brightly as a beacon of sophistication. Its rich, complex flavors and timeless appeal make it the perfect libation for celebrating the season’s renewal and the promise of warmer days.

With its roots firmly planted in history yet its flavors transcending time, the Star Cocktail is a true testament to the timeless allure of apple brandy. Ready to craft your own Star Cocktail? Join us for an exclusive cocktail making tutorial featuring 10th generation Gerard Laird-Dunn, and elevate your cocktail experience to new heights.