Okay, enough with the safe cocktails – time to try something a little different – something that sounds a little scary when you read the recipe.  What makes this scary is the sheer volume of dry vermouth that goes in this drink.  If you have ever messed with dry vermouth you know that this is an ingredient to be careful with – in some cocktails even a splash can be too much – but this recipe is 1/3 of the stuff.  Uh-oh.

  • 1 ounce gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1 ounce Creme de Cassis
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass, and prepare for the worst!

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I can’t tell you how different this is that what I was expecting – it’s quite balanced and enjoyable.
  • Drink starts with a nice sweet taste of the Creme de Cassis, but the sweetness is not overpowering.  Follows up with a dry finish of the vermouth, quite satisfying.
  • Can’t decide if this drink is sweet or dry, but it does not linger on the tongue either way.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10 (it is a martini after all)
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • This is a surprising cocktail, very pleasant and I would recommend you give it a try.