Pair gin with vermouth and you get botanicals on top of botanicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but bring sherry into the mix and you'll find something both more smooth and electrifying, with hints of marcona almonds and a wonderful savory bite.
Why this recipe works:
- Young, dry sherry brings unexpected savoriness and nuttiness to gin.
- Dry sherry's heightened acidity makes for a brighter martini.
Note: This complex martini needs no garnish, but a sliver of Spanish ham is a nice touch, as is a lemon twist.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fino or manzanilla sherry
Small strip of Spanish ham or lemon twist, for garnish (optional; see note)
Combine gin and sherry in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with ham or lemon twist, if using. Serve.
mixing glass, cocktail strainer
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|