Monday, July 20, 2009

vacuum tube

2 oz Applejack or Apple Brandy (Laird's Bonded)
1 oz Bianco Vermouth (Martini & Rossi)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)

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

At the Laird's tasting room at Tales, the bartender was willing to make Andrea whatever she wanted not on their menu if he had the ingredients. She requested one of her favorite apple brandy drinks, the Marconi Wireless; however, the bartender did not have sweet vermouth so they decided to sub in bianco, a sweet white vermouth, instead. This version proved to be lighter and more summery than a Marconi Wireless which generally seems to be more of a fall or winter drink. The citrus flavors in the vermouth worked with the bitters and twist to produce a very orange peel-like flavor in the beginning of the sip which was followed by the brandy-like flavors at the end. Even now after Tales is a week done, Andrea still declares this drink to be her favorite of the event.


DJ HawaiianShirt said...

I had always wondered what the bianco vermouth was! Do you have much experience with it?

frederic said...

We have the Dolin Blanc and it is as sweet as sweet vermouth and similarly flavored and clear as dry vermouth. We have a tag on the right for vermouth (bianco), but it's a newer style (in bartending) so only certain newer drink books will have it as well as recipes online.

It's good to drink straight (many people do that primarily with it) or swap it for sweet vermouth in Negronis or other drinks.