Monday, April 18, 2016

DBGB White Martinez

The Martinez is still my favorite Martini variation. It's actually the forerunner of the Martini, so it's not precise to call it a variation. The Martinez comes from a time when nobody would drink vodka, gin was oily, and everyone loved vermouth (especially the ladies.) I had this white version made a the French/American Bistro, Daniel Boulud Good Burger, known as DBGB. 

I had a beautiful view of H Street and tourists interacting with the fountain at City Center in the background. It was a very French experience, and this cocktail was very fitting with Dolin blanc vermouth and Hayman's Old Tom gin. The big secret in the drink though was addition of Meletti, the Italian Amaro that I happen to have at home. This complimented the orange twist with lots of orange spice aroma. I'll be making these for people at work very soon.
  • 2 oz. old tom gin
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin blanc pictured)
  • 1/4 oz. Meletti or similar wine-based amaro
  • orange twist
Combine all ingredients except twist in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or coup as shown). Garnish with orange twist.

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