A London dry gin can stand up to a lot more vermouth than you might suspect. The original 1910s-era formula for this iconic drink demonstrates that fact elegantly. Contributing Editor Dave Wondrich gave gin its due in "Revolutionary Spirit" (April 2010).
- 1 1⁄2 oz. London dry or Plymouth gin
- 1 1⁄2 oz. French white dry vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters (preferably Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6)
- Strip of orange peel
In a large glass, combine gin, vermouth, bitters, and 2 cups ice. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a strip of orange peel over the top and drop it in.