Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: The Turf Cocktail

The Turf Cocktail

This week we picked the Turf Cocktail from a number of gin-based options.  We did a little gin tasting to decide which bottle of gin we would use as the base for this cocktail.  We settled on using Knickerbocker Gin from New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland, Michigan for its citrus notes, which we thought would go well with a cocktail containing orange bitters.

Turf Cocktail

1 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
1 tsp Absinthe
3-4 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a single green olive on a cocktail stick.

The verdict: The first word to come our of our guests' mouths was "Yummy". It is a very difficult cocktail to describe, since the absinthe and maraschino blended in so well, but added an aspect that made it quite different from a Martini - the typical combination of gin and dry vermouth. I don't know what to say about this one, but I would definitely recommend it.

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