Oh, is it Thursday evening again? So soon? Another opportunity to dream up a cocktail for @CreativCulinary’s Happy Hour Friday. This one was fun.
A friend recently sent me a recipe for something called the Ideal Cocktail, adapted from an early 20th century tipple. In common cocktail ratios, gin, sweet vermouth and Luxardo, the maraschino liqueur, is stirred with ice, strained and served in a martini glass. The recipe was particularly adamant about the perfection of the grapefruit wedge that garnishes the glass.
This recipe sounded so delicious, but I had no grapefruit and it was raining and ghastly outside. I would not be deterred.
Remembering the ruby grapefruit triple sec I concocted back in January, another ideal cocktail came together deliciously.
Another Ideal Cocktail
1-1/2 oz good gin
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz grapefruit triple sec
Garnish: Home canned maraschino cherries
Pour the gin, vermouth and triple sec in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously.
Serve over ice in a special glass. Give yourself two cherries. It’s been one of those days.