What are you drinking right now? - Page 1034
I never liked the Martinez, until a friend suggested that it was quite good with Bluecoat Barrel Aged, which I happened to have. He was right -- it makes an enormous improvement in the drink. Here, I tried it with Leopold Bros. Maraschino, which is far more cherry-forward and less funky than Luxardo. That swap is not as good. Given the sweetness of Cocchi Vernouth del Torino, the ratio is 1.75:1:0.25.
Have you tried Carpano Antico rather than the Cocchi? It might work well with the Bluecoat and the Leopoldo Bros.
I have, and I do think that you are correct about this. However, as much of a vermouth freak as I am, I have pretty much written Carpano Antica out of my collection of "stock" vermouths. It's size and the fact that it does not fit in my 8-bottle vermouth fridge is just annoying. Plus, I have found that I have grown tired of its bark and overweening vanilla -- rare is the drink that calls for Carpano alone. These days I stock Martini, Cocchi, Dolin, and Punt E Mes on the sweet side, and Dolin Dry, Dolin Blanc, Lillet Blanc, and Cocchi Americano on the lighter side. These fulfill 98% of my needs (I regret that I do not have space for Lillet Rouge).
I tried a Martinez a few weeks ago with some barrel aged gin I did myself. Huntman is right, the aging really adds something to the drink. I think I got the idea to try it from Bluecoat's website (been struggling to find uses for the barrel aged gin), so that makes some sense.
I initially bought it because I am trying to do this Ford-like cocktail that I want to have a gin base, but be modified with Madeira and various nut liqueurs -- basically, I want a dry, nutty cocktail. Never quite got it right, though the Bluecoat has gotten me closer than anything else.
Anyway, I suggest The Fall Classic: 2.0 oz Barrel Aged, 1oz Madeira or a sweeter sherry, 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro, and 1/4 oz Benedictine. Dash aromatic bitters.
There is a very interesting cocktail in the Death and Company book called "Rebel, Rebel", which is a stirred cocktail, tequila base, that has always sounded interesting to me, but the ingredients are incredibly fussy, like so much in the Death book.
No picture, but having a cocktail I call the Bee Sting:
1.5 oz Old Raj
0.5 oz Marolo Chamomile Grappa
1.0 oz Honey syrup (0.75oz:0.25 oz honey to water, heated and sort of cooled)
1.0oz Lemon Juice
Dash Orange juice
Angostura Orange bitters
Shake hard, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with expressed orange peel.
I really love honey and chamomile, so this take on the Bee's Knees, really brings those flavors together. The Marolo Chamomile Grappa is an incredible spirit, just bursting forth with those ripe, polleny, fall sunshine flavors that feel so right with honey, and it melds perfectly with the supple savory quality of Old Raj gin.
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Frank J. Haller Cannstatter Zuckerle Zweigelt Qualitätswein 2006 trocken (1 x 0.75 l)
Weingut Lucashof Forster Pechstein Riesling Spätlese 2013 trocken (1 x 0.75 l)
3 x Feudi di San Gregorio Lacryma Christi Bianco del Vesuvio DOC Cuvée 2014 Trocken (3 x 0.75 l)
Feudi Di San Gregorio Taurasi 2010 (3 x 0.75 l)
Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc DOC Collio 2010 (1 x 0.75 l)
Russiz Superiore 1112 Friulano DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
Russiz Superiore Sauvignon DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2014 Trocken (3 x 0.75 l)
Russiz Superiore Pinot Bianco DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
And a bunch of olives, chocolate, etc.
Edit: Actually, at 13 € per bottle, I think I'll order 3 more Taurasis.