This is not to suggest that clerics need a drink, it’s just nice to know here’s a tipple they might enjoy. Lillet Blanc, a French wine-based aperitif, has a broader and deeper range of flavors than dry vermouth, and plays well with the juice and bitters in the drink.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces Lillet Blanc for dry vermouth
1 ounce orange juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Pour all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir for 20 seconds until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a stemmed maraschino cherry or orange peel.
Tasting notes: Pleasant starter Martini for friends dipping into stronger spirits.
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