Steamroller – Cocktail of the Month

Steamroller Cocktail - BUCKFISH

The Steamroller is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. It has a unique combination of flavors that make it a popular choice for cocktail enthusiasts. The Steamroller cocktail was first created in the early 1900s. It is believed to have originated in New York City, where it quickly gained popularity in the city’s many speakeasies during Prohibition. The drink’s name is thought to come from the way it hits you like a steamroller, with its potent mix of flavors.

The recipe for the Steamroller cocktail has evolved over time, with many variations and adaptations appearing over the years. However, the classic recipe typically consists of equal parts gin, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth, along with a dash of orange bitters. The drink is traditionally stirred with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnished with a lemon twist.

Recipe for the Steamroller Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.
  3. Stir well for 20-30 seconds, until chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Rich History and Unique Flavor Profile

The Steamroller cocktail is a classic cocktail with a rich history and unique flavor profile. Its popularity has endured for over a century, and it remains a beloved cocktail among cocktail enthusiasts. While there have been many variations and adaptations of the recipe over the years, the classic recipe consisting of equal parts gin, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth, along with a dash of orange bitters, remains a staple of cocktail menus around the world. Whether you’re sipping on a Steamroller in a speakeasy or mixing one up at home, this cocktail is sure to hit you like a steamroller.