Friday, March 9, 2012

pay per view

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi Vermouth di Torino)
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
3/4 oz Blanc Vermouth (Dolin)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Cane Syrup (JM Sirop) (*)

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry (Luxardo Maraschino).
(*) Rich 2:1 simple syrup will substitute here in a pinch.
Last Friday, we started with an aperitif cocktail that I spotted in the Imbibe Magazine blog called the Pay Per View. The drink was created by Theo Lieberman of Manhattan's Lantern's Keep and features three different vermouth types in a Sour format. I was used to vermouth-based Sours like the Fancy Sour and sherry and vermouth Sours like the Sleepy Hollow, but the concept of sweet, dry, and bianco vermouths combined seemed intriguing. The Pay Per View greeted my nose with Cocchi Vermouth di Torino's red grape aroma that led into a sip ripe with a medley of sweet grape flavors. The grape carried over into the swallow were it worked well against the lime notes at the end.

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