The classic Kina Cocktail called for Kina Lillet, which no longer exists. Instead of the sweeter and less-bitter modern Lillet Blanc, this modern version calls for Cocchi Americano, which has Chinchona bark for bitterness. A dash of dry sherry complements that bitterness and adds nutty richness and a golden hue. At The Modern, they use Citadelle Gin in this cocktail: "It's a really botanical gin with a subtle, delicate juniper character," says wine director Ehren Ashkenazi. Dolin Blanc vermouth is slightly sweeter and richer in texture than Dolin Dry vermouth.
The Modern's Kina Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounces Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- 1 1/2 ounces Cocchi Americano
- Dash fino sherry
- Garnish: Lemon twist
Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add gin, vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and sherry. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist, and serve.
Mixing glass, cocktail strainer