Cocktail Recipe: The Guion


This recipe first appeared with a story on Hudson Valley cocktails: Mixing Drinks with Local Lore.

The Guion

The Guion

This gin-based drink is named for Stephen Guion, a tycoon whose Gilded Age fortune was built on ocean liners plying from New York to England. Stephen Guion was a descendant of Louis Guion, one of the first Huguenot settlers in New Rochelle and the founder of Trinity Episcopal Church there. The cocktail was probably developed at the Waldorf-Astoria Bar. Serves 2.


  • 3 ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 ounces Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 2 barspoons of Benedictine


  1. Gather the gin, vermouth and bitters over cracked ice in a shaker and stir. Serve in a chilled coupe and float the Benedictine on top of the cocktail. Finally, garnish with an orange peel and serve.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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