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Gin Blossom

Gin Blossom cocktail
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This Martini variation was created by Julie Reiner in 2008 as the house Martini for the opening menu of her Brooklyn bar Clover Club, where it remains on the menu today and has in the meantime earned a spot in the canon of true modern classic cocktails. “It’s one of the drinks that never leaves the menu,” says Reiner.  

At first glance, it seems rather like a 50/50 Martini with an extra component: The apricot eau de vie is likely the first thing in the ingredients list to catch your eye. But the specific gin and vermouth called for, albeit employed in the equal-parts ratio of a 50/50, render the cocktail a gentler version of the classic, a relation of the popular contemporary rendition of the Tuxedo No. 2

The cocktail calls for Plymouth gin, which brings its own distinct style of full-bodied softness, and the slightly sweet and vanilla-tinged Martini bianco vermouth rather than the standard dry, both ingredients working in tandem to complement the gently fruity and floral eau de vie.

It all adds up to an elegant sipper, less bracing than a typical Martini but clearly a direct descendent of the classic. It’s as perfect an appetite-whetting aperitif as it is an exquisite nightcap.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Plymouth gin

  • 1 1/2 ounces Martini bianco vermouth 

  • 3/4 ounce Blume apricot eau de vie

  • 2 dashes orange bitters

  • Garnish: orange twist

Steps

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  3. Express the oils from an orange twist over the drink and garnish with the twist.