You may not realize it, but you’re probably already familiar with “equal parts” drinks—cocktails with ingredients measured out in precisely equal amounts. Bartenders have been making these drinks for years, knowing that they can pour in a flash. Now it’s your turn to try your hand, with drinks you already know and love or will want to get to know better. (For more equal-parters, you can find more in my book, Shake.Stir.Sip.)
This is an old-school drink, newly repopularized as the Fitty Fitty. Stir together equal parts gin and dry vermouth, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. A word of advice: This skews a bit sweeter than the standard, so go for a twist instead of an olive to garnish.
Detroit claims this drink originated more than a century ago at the Detroit Athletic Club; Seattle claims this drink was reborn at the Zig Zig Café, thanks to barkeep Murray Stenson. We’re just glad this bracing mix of equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, lime juice and maraschino liqueur is back on cocktail menus across the globe.
Bacardí brand ambassador Jacob Briars created this drink as a joke, but it has become a popular order, so he gets the last laugh. To make this, simply swap the Cointreau for blue curaçao, another type of orange liqueur. Sum total: equal-parts gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, blue curaçao, plus the absinthe rinse.