Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze a lemon peel over the top.
On Sunday night as dinner was in the oven, I found the Silver Cocktail in Robert Vermeire's 1922 Cocktails: How to Mix Them, my recent Boston Shaker store purchase. The Silver Cocktail started with lemon and orange aromas and behaved much like a standard fifty-fifty Martini with an additional pleasant bitter funkiness from the Maraschino to punctuate the swallow. The Maraschino cherry flavors worked rather well with the citrus notes, and the drink shaped up to be a rather delightful dry Martinez. Variations of the Silver Cocktail exist that use Genever and Old Tom Gin as the base spirit; either of these would shift the balance to a somewhat sweeter drink.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!