In the "call it what it is" category, the Reverse Martini at San Francisco’s Starlight Room pumps up the white vermouth alongside a short pour of Spirit Works vodka, distilled right up the road in Sonoma County. Michael Lee, a certified sommelier and the assistant director of food and beverage, calls it the perfect summer drink. “It will not make you feel sluggish while you dance the night away between the stars and cable cars,” he says.
- 1 3/4 ounces Dolin blanc vermouth
- 1 ounce Spirit Works vodka
- 1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur
- Garnish: brandied cherry
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a brandied cherry.