Saturday, April 4, 2009

fifty-fifty dry martini

1 1/2 oz Jonge Genever Gin (Boomsma)
1 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Shortly after Andrea got home on Friday, I walked into the kitchen to see her mixing up drinks. I was somewhat surprised to see that she was making up Martinis! Her choice was a fifty-fifty dry Martinis (CocktailDB's closest recipe to hers is the Dewey). While she did have Embury's book open for inspiration, the thought of a proper Martini might have been fresh in her head from a recent LUPEC column in the Weekly Dig. Or it might have been due to my recent comment that we had several Martini pitcher/stirrers that we never used, especially since the one she chose was the beauty she found in an antiques shop in Somerville, NJ, over Thanksgiving and had laid unchristened.
The cocktail itself was rather delightfully citrussy from the bitters, the lemon oil, and the new Noilly Prat formulation. The maltiness of the jonge Genever seemed to stand up rather well with the sharp note in the Noilly Prat. Also somewhat curious about the vermouth was how yellow it is -- the old formulation was light and champagny in color. With the Genever gin and the hearty portion of vermouth, this Martini stood out with distinction indeed.

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