This recipe for a big batch of martinis is perfect for a crowd.
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This smooth drink is a variation on the Perfect Gin Manhattan (made with half French vermouth and half Italian), but features rich, slightly sweet Old Tom gin. Jason Littrell of Jbird Cocktails in NYC named the drink after Rachel Maddow, in the hope that she'd swing by the bar.
With a dose of cognac smoothed out with Grand Marnier, and the sweet edge taken off by adding dry vermouth, the Burnt Fuselage is pleasantly silky and fortifying--and, as the book notes, after working through one of these "your own fuselage will be warm, to say the least."
Let's be honest: The Bronx is unlikely to be anyone's favorite drink. But while it's not exactly bottled excitement, The Bronx is actually pretty good, and surprisingly refreshing. Be sure to use fresh-squeezed orange juice (and if you add a dash or two of Angostura bitters, you've got a somewhat tastier Income Tax Cocktail on your hands), and approach it with an open mind.