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Bronx Terrace Cocktail


Apparently this Monday was the most depressing Monday of the year.  How do they figure that out?  I know it is the first Monday after the holidays, but you would think that people would still have the New Year’s high – you know – I made this resolution or that resolution, and just you wait, I’m gonna rule the world this year as I lose 20 pounds and cure cancer along the way.  I mean, I would think that it would be more depressing when, say, two weeks from now, you’re feeling bad about the fact that you haven’t started exercising, just polished off a bowl of ice cream and have no idea what possessed you to think that you could cure cancer.  Now that’s depressing.

Speaking of depressing, have you ever come back to something that you thought was good, but actually wasn’t so good.  Enter the Bronx Terrace Cocktail.  Back in 2008 I gave this an 8/10 – let’s see how my taste buds have changed, err, advanced since then.

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 0.75 ounces dry vermouth
  • maraschino cherry

Shake over ice, serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with that cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Uhh, 8/10… are you kidding me… this is the dry tart martini par excellence.
  • You’ve got your dry gin and your dry vermouth, and then you add nothing but limes, and you get a mouthful of tart.
  • Not undrinkable, but I’m not gonna call this a winner – it looks cool though.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • I’m depressed.  I can’t believe I thought this was an excellent cocktail.  Rookie mistake.  Add some sugar!



Been off track for the last nine days.  No stories with this entry, just a recipe, some thoughts and a rating.  Maybe it’s indicative of the quality of the cocktail.  Let’s get to it.

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3 fresh strawberries

Place everything above into a blender and blend until smooth, pour into a cocktail shaker over ice, shake, strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First sip is a tough one – as it always is when lots of dry vermouth is involved.
  • After a couple of sips, this is essentially a dry gin martini with a hint – a very subtle hint – of strawberry.
  • Altogether a bit of a let down.  Sounds better than it looks.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • Not my favorite drink, don’t make this expecting a fun fruity cocktail!

I was berated for being ordinary for last nights cocktail.  Buy you have to remember, I need to add all the boring drinks for completeness.  Its all good that you know how to make a fancy cocktail, but what if you want to know how to make something more pedestrian.  Instead of making my case – here’s another fancy one – the New Orleans Martini.

3 ounces vanilla vodka

  • 0.5 ounce dry vermouth
  • 0.5 ounce Pernod
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • mint sprig for garnish

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The first sip, phew this is strong.  Sounds so much better than the taste.
  • The undertone is vanilla, but the aniseed of Pernod also permeates the drinks.
  • Let’s look to the positive – the drink has a fun in golden tinge.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • New Orleans is a fun place so I hear, this drink – not so much.

Hasty Martini

Sometimes a name has nothing to do with the drink.  Maybe I just don’t get the name, but I don’t understand what exactly is hasty about this drink.  Seemed like a good one to try, although like all drinks with dry vermouth, I am always a little nervous about how this will taste – it could be great or awful.

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 0.5 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3 to 5 dashes of Pernod
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Combine the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The drink is dominated by the dry flavors of the gin and vermouth – if you don’t like those flavors stay away.
  • There is an interesting spiciness to the aftertaste that comes from the subtle hint of Pernod.
  • Definitely a tough first sip, but more enjoyable each time you come back for another.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • It might be pink, and it may have grenadine, but this is no Shirley Temple.

Sunshine Cocktail

Needed a little sunshine in my life today to offset the rain that is falling down.  We might even have a thunderstorm tomorrow – the horror.  The recipe does not give me a lot of confidence with all that dry vermouth in there… we will see if the sun can shine through.

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 dashes of creme de cassis
  • 1.25 ounces of gold rum
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

Shake well over ice, strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I tried the first sip and it was not really that pleasant, too much vermouth flavor in the aftertaste.
  • Second sip and things were looking up I, I start to get the sense that the vermouth really helps the flavor.
  • No getting away from the fact there is a whole lime in here, the tartness stays with you after a couple of sips.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Made my day a little brighter, a little.

Desperate Martini

When Kathryn was a young lass (and I think that she was not alone in this) she thought that blackberry brandy was a great way to start her drinking career.  Then she tried it and realized while it did have blackberry flavor, it also has brandy – not a drink for a novice palate.  Now I have never tried the stuff for some reason and I keep seeing it in recipes, so I just had to get me some, especially as Ralph’s as having their 30% off 6 bottles of liquor sale!  Not only did I try it, I went all in with blackberry brandy AND dry vermouth… is this a dangerous combination or a fantastic blend of flavors…

  • 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 0.5 ounce dry vermouth
  • 0.5 blackberry brandy
  • fresh blackberries to garnish (we had to forgo these today).

Pour the liquid in a martini glass over ice and shake, serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with fresh blackberries.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Whoa.  Gin, dry vermouth… is there blackberries in here ?  Could have fooled me.
  • On a second and third sip, the powerful dry vermouth flavor gets a little more friendly… like that person from your past that friended you on Facebook that you really didn’t want to know any more, but you decide it’s not so bad they know what you’re doing after reading a couple of their posts.
  • The drink has a hint of blackberries and honestly I cannot taste the brandy.
  • If you’re desperate, you might want to make this for yourself.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 9/10 (careful… lots of liquor in here)
  • Sweetness: 1/10
  • I think I may have made the same mistake Kathryn did many years ago.  One of these days I’ll find a good use for blackberry brandy.

Parisian Cocktail

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.