Sometimes you need a classic martini to set the evening off right. No fruity pretense, and none of that dry vermouth to scare us away. Allow me to present the Southern Martini. A classic gin martini that features a hint of orange to add to the flavor. A freshly poured martini has that naturally cloudy texture, that gradually fades to a crisp clear liquid. No one will mistake you for an armature.
- 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
- 0.5 ounces triple sec
- 3 dashes of orange bitters
Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Don’t let the triple sec or the orange bitters fool you, this is a dry martini.
- There is an oh so subtle hint of orange deep down inside, but you will need to let the drink sit on your tongue to notice.
- If served to an unsuspecting friend, they would swear there was a full measure of dry vermouth included.
- Dave’s Rating: 6/10 (a little too dry for my taste)
- Strength: 9/10
- Sweetness: 2/10
- A great alternative to a classic martini.
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So its Christmas time, and my original goal of publishing a book for friends and family was unfortunately not realized, so we have another long year ahead of us of sampling new and interesting cocktails. Since our last installment, I have read a history of rum in the new world and I have become an official Makers Mark ambassador – so it’s not like I forgot how to drink!
Today, it’s the Presbyterian. Apparently this was originally a non-alcoholic concoction, giving it a temperance flair, but the 18th Amendment couldn’t prevent a happy marriage with bourbon. Lets see how this goes…
- 3oz bourbon (Makers Mark)
- 1oz ginger ale
- 1oz club soda
- Mix everything over ice in a rocks glass, stir and serve.
- Unsurprisingly, the bourbon comes through, the other ingredients are just there to soften the blow.
- I never have been a fan of club soda, to me it just has a flat taste, and there is a hint of that here.
- Very drinkable, especially as the ice melts and continues to mellow the flavor.
- Dave’s Rating: 8/10
- Strength: 7/10
- Sweetness: 3/10
- Proving once again why the 21st Amendment was passed.