This afternoon I was thinking about a recent Kaiser Penguin post comparing recipes for the Martinez cocktail. He insisted on four things: Old Tom-style gin, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, a twist garnish and lots of ice. The Old Tom is important to him because the juniper in the London Dry would be too bold for the other flavors and unbalance the drink. With this in mind, I opted not for an Old Tom, but for Square One Botanical Vodka, which I’d discussed at great length with my friend over at No Gluten Required who isn’t wild about juniper. This Square One Botanical Vodka is like gin without the juniper, it’s really interesting. I introduced this particular spirit to her on the night of my last birthday, for which she gave me a bottle of Rothman and Winters Orchard Apricot Liqueur. With these memories swirling through my head I decided to opt out the Maraschino Liqueur in the Martinez in favor of the Apricot Liqueur, the result was delicious. I garnished with the only citrus I had around, you don’t really need to use bergamot.
1.5 oz. Square One Botanical Vodka
1 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
2 t. Rothman and Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice for a good long while. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of Bergamot.