This drink is a vintage cocktail and belongs to a sub category of drinks whose era consisted of drinks named after religions such as the Presbyterian, Bishop, and Algonquin. The Adonis was a late 19th century and early 20th century cult which is based on Tammuz.
This Greek mythology following may not have been where the drink derives. This very popular literature written by Shakepeare, may explain the introduction of this drink as seen here:
Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare, Sir John Davies, Ovid in 1870
Regardless, this is a timeless classic and deserves recognition. Here is an early recipe for this drink:
The catering industry employee: official journal of the Hotel and …: Volume 43 by Hotel and Restaurant Employees’ International Alliance and Bartenders’ International League of America, Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union, Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union in 1934
“BISHOP COCKTAIL ADONIS COCKTAIL 2 Dashes orange bitters”
This drink was likely created prior to prohibition and remained popular through and after prohibition. It is undetermined where this drink originated and there is not much early literature indicating much of anything.
This drink dates between 1905 – 1913 and contained at least as of then:
Stir these ingredients:
Italian Vermouth (kiss)
French Vermouth (kiss)
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.