Posts Tagged ‘gin’


April 11, 2012 3 comments

The short, refreshing, elegant Negroni has become one of my go to cocktails recently (despite the fact that my favorite local bar does not have a bartender one who can make it without my help). It’s a drink that combines two of my favorite flavors in the world, the fragrantly wonderful spirit known as gin and the bitterly beautiful concoction known as Campari. Most classy bars and restaurants will know how to throw together a Negroni for you. If you happen to come across a bar that doesn’t, read on so that you can teach your local server a thing or two.

The alluring red dice color of the Negroni.


1 part gin
1 part Negroni
1 part sweet vermouth

Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Cocktail Corner: Dry Martini

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

The martini is both one of the most popular cocktails of our time and also one of the least understood. There are a number of variations on the original martini (which interestingly enough was made with sweet vermouth), from fruity adaptations to briny vegetable concoctions. Today though, I’m going to talk about the currently more famous dry martini. The recipe that I’ve provided below is my personal take on the dry martini. Though some martini enthusiasts may be offended by my liberal use of vermouth, the truth is that a martini is not a martini without vermouth.

A crystal clear martini wading in the glass that bears its name.

Dry Martini

3 parts gin
1 part vermouth
In an ice filled shaker add gin and vermouth and stir. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with olives and a lemon twist. For a dirty martini add a small bit of olive juice to the mixture.

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