November 17th, 2007

The TV segment, the Marconi Wireless recipe

For those of you who saw the segment on NECN’s Chet Curtis Report, here’s the recipe for the Marconi Wireless, the cocktail I demo’d on the show:

1 1/2 oz applejack
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass.

The reason I chose this cocktail is that, since it uses America’s oldest native distilled beverage — applejack — it is the perfect thing to celebrate one of our oldest holidays, Thanksgiving. Appearing as a founding member of LUPEC Boston and the publisher of, I mixed this drink on the air. And there were no major spills. Here’s my original post about this interesting drink. Cheers!

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8 Responses to “The TV segment, the Marconi Wireless recipe”

  1. john


    Does anyone think that when Chet said “interesting” after he tasted a Marconi Wireless, he was wondering where all of the olive juice was?

    just askin’

  2. ljclark

    The funny thing was, he said he liked the drink after taping was finished. And before we started, he said he mixed a mean Old Fashioned.

  3. Adam

    I agree — he certainly didn’t seem effusive in his praise for the drink 🙂

    Great job during the spot! You look very comfortable on camera.

    I’ll definitely be mixing up some Marconi Wirelesses (what is the correct plural form??) this Thursday with some of the 7 1/2 year old Laird’s brandy, which should be in my hands by then. Perhaps a splash or two to fortify the gravy for the turkey, as well; I usually use cognac, but I think the apple brandy might work, and it would be more in line with the gravy of our forefathers (maybe).

  4. Stephen

    i mixed a couple tonight for some guests and myself using my own sweet vermouth… many months into the fall, its still the cocktail most reflective of the season from my point of view…


  5. ljclark

    Very nice, Stephen. The MW is an autumnal treat, I agree.

  6. Adam

    And one more comment on this drink: I mixed a Marconi Wireless last night using a slightly old bottle of M&R vermouth, and found the taste to be a bit on the flat side. So I changed the recipe a bit:

    2 oz applejack
    1/2 oz sweet vermouth
    1/4 oz grenadine (homemade)
    orange bitters

    The grenadine really made the drink pop and helped bring out some more of the fruity notes from the applejack. The vermouth still provided a bit of depth and backbone, but not as in your face as the normal amount. Also, the color is really nice! Perhaps it’s no longer a Marconi Wireless, but give it a try anyway 🙂

  7. Frederic

    Max of Deep Ellum has an interesting variation of the Marconi Wireless using apple jack, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, and a sugar cube which somewhat parallels Adam’s modifications above.

    Also of note is John of No.9 Park’s Marconi Wireless where he used Lairds Bonded {!} instead of their apple jack.

  8. Michael Dietsch

    Yay! Jen and I just watched the video for this. So cool!

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