1/4 Maraschino (3/4 oz Luxardo)
1/4 Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz Carpano Antica)
1/4 Dry Gin (3/4 oz Bombay Dry)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a hazelnut.
On Wednesday last week, I was flipping through my newly acquired 1962 edition of Ted Saucier's Bottom's Up and spotted the D.J. This quirky drink was invented at the Detroit Athletic Club where the better known cocktail, the Last Word, was also born. The D.J. was "named in honor of a former well known citizen of Detroit, D.J. Campau, who was a representative of Detroit's oldest families, a member of the Democratic National Committee, and all that sort of thing. And he was quite a guy." I was able to find New York Times articles about Campau from 1892 to 1908 which suggests that this drink dates from the pre-Prohibition era (although it could have been Prohibition era along with the Last Word). Not one to turn down trying a four equal parts recipe (not to mention having a stash of hazelnuts ready to go), I set to work on making a pair of these drinks.