Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails

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This cocktail by Andra Johnson, a bartender at Bresca in Washington, D.C., and co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week, is the lovechild of a Vesper and an Aviation. Using Salers instead of the Lillet in a Vesper lends a spicy note, while vodka gives textural richness that offsets gin, which can be astringent and lean. “By using a grain spirit that has more viscosity, it coats the palate, leaving behind a lingering finish instead of a quick, dry one,” says Johnson.



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

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with a skewered brandied cherry and half-moon lemon peel.