Happy Now #66

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Gin Blossom

If you like gin martinis, you will without question like this variation. It’s complex but light in feel somehow, despite its inherent booziness. I was fortunate enough to try it at the bar of its inception, The Clover Club in Brooklyn, one of the world’s great bars.

Martini Rossi sells a bianco version of the vermouth which is available at the LCBO. It is sweeter than dry vermouth, and because it forms a significant part of this drink, it’s worth picking up a bottle. Marillen apricot eau-de-vie is not available in Ontario but there are normally others available at any given time. Remember, apricot eau-de-vie is not the same as apricot liqueur.

1 ½ oz Gin
1 ½ oz Blanc or Bianco Vermouth
¾ oz Blume Marillen Apricot Eau de Vie
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 dash Fees’ Brothers Orange Bitters
1 Orange Twist

Directions:

  1. Stir and strain into a chilled Nick & Nora.
  2. Garnish with orange twist.

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