Waldorf-Astoria Cocktail Collection


The Waldorf and The Astoria Hotels, NYC, circa 1915.


The American cocktail of the pre-prohibition era was long considered as an aid to good appetite, digestion, and cheer. These potent potables were created to be savoured and enjoyed as much for their tastes as their effects.

Prior to prohibition, cocktails such as the Manhattan, Martini, and Rob Roy were made with the fine quality spirits and fresh juices and/or fruits. New drinks owed their invention either to unusually enterprising bartenders, or to imaginative (and sometimes daring) patrons longing for new savours and flavours. During this time, “Have you tried this one?” was almost as frequent a prelude to something as “Have you heard this one?”.

Once prohibition was enacted, the “Golden Age of Cocktails” was thrown into a “Dark Ages” of sort, where top shelf spirits were lost to bathtub gin, rot gut whiskey, and many Americans raised during the Speakeasy age never really knew what a good quality drink was.

This collection of chocolate bonbons, crafted by The Chocolate Lab, represent an homage to nine classic pre-prohibition cocktails, using classic cocktail preparations inspired by the old 1935 Waldorf-Astoria bar book. Each classic cocktail is expertly paired with high quality spirits, and carefully curated with complimentary Single Origin chocolates, from different Cacao producing regions.


Flavours include:

Poet’s Dream – (Drambuie, Vermouth, Gin) – Origin Colombia dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Poet’s Dream cocktail. 

Rob’s Your Uncle – (Single Malt Whiskey, Vermouth, Bitters) – Signature dark milk chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Rob Roy cocktail.

Sherman – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Absinthe, Bitters) Origin Colombia dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic SGT. Sherman cocktail.

The Burbs – (Rye Whiskey, Port, Jamaican Rum, Bitters) Origin Nicaragua dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Suburban Handicap cocktail.

Lemon Drop – (Limoncello, Aromatics) Lemon infused white chocolate ganache with a classic Waldorf Lemonade cocktail.

Whiskey a Flip – (Whiskey, Aromatics) Creamy custard white chocolate ganache with Nutmeg, paired with a classic Flip cocktail.

Manhattan – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Bitters) Origin Peru dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Manhattan cocktail.

Wild Cherry – (Gin, Cherry Brandy, Aromatics) Origin Vietnam dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Wild Cherry cocktail. 

The Old Waldorf – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Absinthe, Bitters) Origin Venezuela dark milk chocolate ganache lightly infused with pineapple, paired with a classic Waldorf #1 cocktail.

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