Friday, April 15, 2016


Montmarte is the steep hilly area in Paris that's home to the Sacre Coeur basilica. It was also known as the low-priced housing area where famous painters and writers like Henri Toulouse Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh used to live. Brothels were common there and the most famous was the Moulin Rouge (red windmill). This simple drink is fitting to this environment.

A note on curacao: white curacao is basically the same thing as triple sec. Both are bitter orange liqueurs. At one time curacaos bore the label "a triple sec curacao." When triple sec became a generic orange liqueur of varying quality, the label was omitted. Cointreau is the proprietary French triple sec and also bore that fact on the label. The triple sec I chose for this drink is Leroux, which is an American-made recipe.
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. white curacao (Leroux triple sec used)
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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