When we decided to move, we had a list of hopes for our new apartment: a bigger kitchen, an elevator, a super, laundry, outdoor space. We got everything but the outdoor space. A terrace, in particular, sounds like a dream. To watch the city unfold below from a lofty perch seems so luxuriant. I’ll have to settle for this cocktail.
Recipe as written:
- 1 1/2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin
- 1 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
- Juice of 1/2 lime
Shake well with cracked ice and strain into 3 oz. cocktail glass. Add a cherry.
Notes on Prep: After using our cheap hooch in one-too-many liquor forward cocktails, we’ve learned our lesson. This one was made with Hendricks. We used standard Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth, bottled lime juice (don’t judge! our limes went bad and we’re headed out of town), and our own cherries.
Liz’s Take: I’d drink this on a terrace. It feels like an outside drink: bracing, tart, and summery. I’m surprised by how different this tastes from a standard martini. The lime does a great deal to this cocktail: it reminds you that dry vermouth is a fortified wine, highlighting the sugar in the base alcohol, and it contrasts beautifully with the herbacious Hendricks. This is a new favorite. I want to stop writing and keep drinking.
Chris’s Take: I had a conversation with Liz’s brother yesterday, and the conversation naturally turned to cocktails. Feeling like the pompous know-it-all I usually am at parties, I argued that there were only two kinds of cocktails. There are cocktails designed to cover up the taste of liquor. This is your appletini/creamsicle cocktail. Tiki drinks can easily fall into this category. The intent is to get three sheets as painlessly as possible. Generally, you’re really just delaying it until the next day. This drink is the other kind, the kind that works better if you use something decent. It’ll highlight the good stuff, not drown it out. Don’t give this one to kids because they won’t appreciate it.
Ingredient Accessibility: Easy
Price: Medium- this is a gin forward drink; use fancy gin.
Taste: Citrusy, herby, booze-forward
Final Verdict: Liz would definitely order this at a bar, especially if she could sit outside and people watch. Chris would watch it with the lime, as too much and it’ll be dessert.