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Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Perfect Cocktail – is it perfect for you?

The Perfect Cocktail is another classic from the Savoy Cocktail Book, found right below the Pegu Club Cocktail.  It’s simplicity is attractive, the Savoy specifies one-third each of French Vermouth, Italian Vermouth, and Gin.  Don’t use a Gin that will be overpowered by the Vermouths; Bombay Sapphire® was used here, and Noilly Pratt® works well for the French Vermouth.  The Italian Vermouth may be problematic.  If you enjoy, for example, a glass of Italian Vermouth on the rocks for an apéritif, you will enjoy this recipe as written.  If you’re aware of an Italian Vermouth that works better and is available in Utah, post its name as a response to this article.  The ones in my bar are on the sweet side, so if you prefer your cocktails a little dryer, you might want to add a dash of Angostura® Bitters to tone down the sweetness.  The choice is yours.


1 oz French Vermouth
1 oz Italian Vermouth
1 oz Gin
1 Dash Angostura Bitters, (if necessary, not in the Savoy)

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass 2/3 full of ice.  Stir briskly for 20-30 seconds.  Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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