Trying to be Affable


 

Medium Talk

2 oz Gin <Citadelle>
3/4 oz Blanc Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano

Express oils from lemon peel into a chilled coupe.  Stir ingredients in chilled mixing glass and strain into a coupe. Garnish with lemon peel and olives on the side.


I had the traditional James Bond split-base cocktail the Vesper, a cousin of the Martini, a couple months ago out at a Happy Hour in NYC.  After one of those potent drinks I was chatty, and after two, I was downright affable.  When I set out to make it at home, I substituted Cocchi Americano for Lillet – which elevated this classic drink – giving it a bolder, zippier finish. Cocchi is most similar to Kina Lillet, which the Vesper originally called for.

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