Do you need to spend big bucks to make a great martini? Does one style of gin work better than another in this cocktail? I convened a tasting of martinis made with ten different gins to test out a variety of gin styles and price points.
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Looking for another way to use up that gallon of fresh apple cider you bought at the pick-your-own orchard or your local farmers market? Try this refreshing, low alcohol cocktail.
Should you put your vermouth in the fridge? Should you try using a wine-saver system or rebottling into smaller bottles? I put a few vermouth-storage methods to the test to figure out the best way to make that bottle last.
This equal-parts drink, made with cognac, Old Tom gin, and sweet vermouth, is luscious and smooth, with a little candied-orange sweetness and a touch of vanilla.
Skip sugary frozen fruit drinks this summer, and try this chilly spin on the classic Negroni cocktail.
In hot weather, you'll want to batch up this sophisticated frozen cocktail.
High-proof bourbon meets its match with bitter Punt e Mes.
A new set of American producers have turned their attention to vermouth, and very few of these bottlings resemble their European counterparts. We tasted our way through 20 examples to find our favorites: 12 delicious new-school American vermouths.
Think you don't like mezcal? Try this cocktail and you might change your mind.
Flavorwise, this cocktail is somewhere between a traditional Martinez and a Martini.
An Irish spin on a vintage cocktail recipe that originally called for bourbon.
This light, refreshing twist on the Quill takes its cues from the Americano and Negroni Spagliato. A little absinthe is excellent with bubbly.
Many new bars these days have a 'low proof' section of the menu, featuring cocktails that aren't spiked with whiskey, gin, rum, or other strong spirits. As trendy as these drinks may be, they're not new. The Crysanthemum, for example, is a concoction dating back before Prohibition. It's made with dry vermouth and herbal, honeyed Benedictine, flavored with a touch of anisey absinthe.
This variation on the classic Chrysanthemum cocktail uses a Yellow and Green Chartreuse combination in place of Benedictine, and subs in bitter Malört in place of the more traditional absinthe.
This classic drink, published in Hugo Ensslin's 1916 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks has no gin or whiskey. Instead, dry vermouth is the main ingredient.
Looking for something to make with those open bottles of vermouth? Try one of Andrew Jackson's favorite cocktails.
In contrast to tough guy Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson, this classic vermouth-based cocktail is a smooth operator.
This new limited release from Martini & Rossi is more fruit-forward than Carpano and more full-bodied than Dolin. Subtly sweet, bitter, rich, dark, complex, and spicy, it's everything a sweet vermouth should be.
The classic Boulevardier is a favorite of ours: it's like a Negroni, but with whiskey instead of gin. In this variation, the combination is served warm, stirred into a steaming saucepan of hot apple cider.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Norwegian Wood tastes like a sophisticated jaunt in the forest. Try this one with salty snacks or as an after-dinner quaff, to socialize in style.