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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Episode 059 - Vermouth


Here it is! I don't know why it took me so long to think of doing a vermouth episode but it finally dawned on me and here it is. Vermouth is a fantastic ingredient used for ages in classic cocktails. It's perceived in a bad light for the martini for way too long. I for one want to demystify this ingredient and explain what vermouth really is and why we should be using more of it. Enjoy the show!

Recipes given on this episode:

Martini
3 parts gin (Plymouth Gin_
1 part dry vermouth (Noilly Prat)
dash orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive or lemon twist.

(A 50-50 Martini is equal parts gin to vermouth.)

Martini (Perfect)
2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
dash orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Algonquin Cocktail

1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz pineapple juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Affinity Cocktail
1 oz blended scotch
1 oz dry vermouth
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (This is essentially a "perfect" rob roy.)

Fourth Degree Cocktail
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz dry vermouth
barspoon of absinthe
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze a lemon peel over the drink and drop in.

Rolls Royce Cocktail
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Benedictine
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (This is yet again another perfect style martini but using Benedictine instead of orange bitters.)

Dubliner
2 oz irish whiskey
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz grand marnier
dash orange bittesr
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

HEAD'S UP:
Keep listening to the end of the episode for a special BONUS RECIPE!

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