The Dirty Vesper

To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini.  Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called…

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The Cat-Hatten

Dubonnet, a spicy fortified wine with the bitter tang of quinine, is a great choice to replace vermouth if you want to shake up a traditional cocktail. This drink substitutes the traditional vermouth in the Manhatten with Dubonnet Rouge, and is called the Dubonnet Manhattan or, as I prefer, The…

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The Black and Bleu Martini

James Bond would be proud to drink this half vodka martini. My friends who,  like 007, are not so sure about liking gin yet might be more comfortable toning down the gin with vodka.  Additionally, I seem to be a sucker for Blavod.   (get it? sucker? is this thing on?) The…

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Quick Tip #3 – Vermouth

Vermouth is not gross or evil.  This tip should not serve to scare you.  Lower that eyebrow, ease that scowl.  People (Americans) are afraid of vermouth – David Wondrich likes to say that bartenders treat vermouth like toxic waste.  I understand.  I felt the same way.

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Quick Tip #2 – Champagne

Ever open a bottle of cheap champagne?  I don’t come from a people that like sweet champagne (there will be no sugar cube in my spumante).  Actually, here will be no asti spumante at all – not my bag, baby. Anyway back on track… “quick” tip, remember?  So…you bought some cheap…

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