Saturday, May 5, 2018

Green Room

This cocktail refers back to the theater term for the room backstage where lesser actors mingle. The stars I assume have their private rooms. The Green Room isn't a green cocktail, just like the green room wasn't painted green. The drink, however, isn't extremely potent--which might be handy if you are about to go on stage with any hope of remembering your lines. It is in fact one of the drier vermouth cocktails that gets a little boost from brandy.

Here again is the early 80s vintage Christian Brothers brandy I found, lending oak notes and grape scent to an already orange-laden cocktail. Triple sec and the orange twist keep the orange notes light and sweet, as orange bitters don't. This is a classy old-school drink all around and I've heard that it is making a comeback.
  • 2 oz, dry vermouth (a French vermouth like Noilly Prat or Dolin is recommended)
  • 1 oz. brandy (vintage Christian Brothers used but cognac is acceptable)
  • several dashes triple sec
  • orange twist
Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange twist. 

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