Archive of ‘Sweet Vermouth’ category

Marco Verde, gin cocktail

Northern Italy, in the past 30 years, has become the world’s second largest grower of kiwi fruit; China, where the fruit originated, is first. This wasn’t even on our radar! So, maybe Marco Polo did get something in return for sharing the secret of noodle making with the Chinese. This recipe is a Negroni derivative. […]


London NW3, rum cocktail

London Cocktail Week is producing some interesting conversation around taste and technique. While having a nicely balanced red wine and mint concoction at St. Bart’s, a pub and cocktail bar in Central London, we had the idea of coating a glass rim for this drink using a dark rum, bolstered by a touch of brandy […]


Mazerati, vermouth cocktail

Here’s a nice slow drive in a fast car. The brand of vermouth called for, Ramazzotti Amaro, does sounds like a high-performance sports car model. It is for the drinker who enjoys the deep herb quality of a bitter vermouth and added nutty flavor of amaretto. You could use less expensive sweet vermouth, but then […]


Pronto, bourbon cocktail

Here’s an effort to use bourbon as gin in a rather liberal variation on the Negroni theme. Use a lighter, younger Tennessee style bourbon for this or it will be overly sweet. Pronto 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce orange juice 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce Campari Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass […]


Hanky Panky, gin cocktail

A Prohibition-Era creation, this drink was first mixed by Ada Coleman, the first female head bartender at London’s Savoy Hotel. It has been adapted by the Gin Foundry in London, a company organizing gin-related events and offering, on their site, an array of cocktails and ginews. Hanky Panky 1 ounce gin 1 ounce sweet vermouth […]


Poker Cocktail, rum cocktail

There are several different Poker cocktails. Some list sweeteners in addition to the rum and vermouth. We find this pared-down recipe allows a better appreciation of both original ingredients. You can vary this mix by substituting different vermouths: Dubonnet Rouge or the Italian-made Ramazzotti, for example. Poker Cocktail 1 1/2 ounces light rum 1 1/2 […]


Simpatico, rye cocktail

This a an Italian-accented variation of Old Pal, a Prohibition era recipe which used Canadian whiskey and dry vermouth. The lemon juice is our idea as a balance to the sweeter vermouth and to emphasize the bitter taste of the Campari. Simpatico 1 1/2 rye whiskey 1/2 sweet vermouth 1/2 Campari bitters 1/4 ounce lemon […]


Home Plate, rye cocktail

Here’s something for the 7th inning stretch during tonight’s Baseball All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. We’ve been playing around with creating our own bitters and used our Muddy Bitters (a work in progress) in this. Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters work equally well. There also is the full range of Fee Brothers bitters to […]


Foudre, brandy cocktail

The inspiration for this drink comes from Jersey Lightning, a cocktail which calls for apple jack (distilled in New Jersey) or apple brandy. We’ve left out the apple and decreased the amount of lime to allow the traditional brandy and softness of the vermouth of show. We named it Foudre, French for lightning. Foudre 1 […]


Red Card, World Cup cocktail

In soccer a red card means “you’re outta here,” the result of a player being cautioned with two yellow cards for an infraction of soccer rules. (See yesterday’s cocktail.) The real sting about a red card is that the player can not be replaced and his team is now one player short. Red Card 2 […]


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