Perfect Martini

Cocktail snobs often turn their noses up at the old school “Perfect” martini, but a thoughtful selection of both sweet and dry vermouths takes the recipe from dull to delightful.

Perfect Martini
Gin and tonic fans will appreciate the flavor profile of this Perfect Martini, which is made with quinine-forward Byrrh Grand Quinquina.Erik Delanoy

Much like the Martinez, the Perfect Martini recipe bears resemblance to both the classic gin martini and the darker spirited Manhattan. While the obscure drink is often written off by cocktail connoisseurs, a discerning choice of 2 distinct vermouths can take this cocktail from dull to delightful. G&T fans, this one’s for you: In lieu of a standard sweet vermouth, this recipe calls for Byrrh (pronounced BEER) Grand Quinquina, which, as its name would indicate, is made with quinine (a bitter compound from the bark of the cinchona tree) which is also found in tonic water.

Equipment

Perfect Martini
Cocktail snobs often turn their noses up at the old school “Perfect” martini, but a thoughtful selection of both sweet and dry vermouths takes the recipe from dull to delightful.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. London dry gin
  • ¾ oz. Byrrh Grand Quinquina
  • ¾ oz. blanc vermouth
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the gin, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, and vermouth. Stir until well-chilled, then strain into a martini glass our coupe and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve immediately.
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