Since I'll be spending at least one day of the weekend in Yankee Stadium, this classic cocktail came to mind.
The Bronx Cocktail:
- 2 shots of gin
- 1 shot of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 shot of sweet vermouth
- 1/2 shot of dry vermouth
Alternately, you can omit the ice and serve the drink straight up as a martini. The choice is yours. Now that we're finally being treated to some summery weather, I find I prefer the iced version rather than the martini. Nothing says summer refresher like the clink of ice against glass.
This is a classic cocktail and there are as many recipes for it, with varying ratios of gin/oj/vermouth, as you can count. The drink I've posted here is based on a version from Holiday Cocktails: A Connoisseur's Guide to Seasonal Drinks by Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen. Its a charming little book, chock full of potent potables that are sure to please.
The Bronx Cocktail is basically another "gin and juice" variation. I must insist that you use fresh squeezed oj ... at least if you're making one for me. Not a fan of the stuff in a carton. The fresh juice lends the right kind of sweetness and will offset the astringent edge of the gin and vermouth.
Whatever you're up to this weekend, stay safe, have a wonderful time and throw an extra burger on the grill for me.