Jin and It’s the Perfect Cold Weather ‘Martini’
I have prepared many cocktails in due time, but I am absolutely not able to memorize proportions. For this reason, I really appreciate recipes that require equal parts of ingredients – even I, with my very scattered brain, can remember something like that.
Gin & It is one of those drinks that is easy to remember and I also really like it. This is gin (good) and Italian vermouth (also good), hence the word “It” comes from. If you’re in a fun mood, try calling it “gin-innit,” as an Island of Love participant would call it. (Also, yes, lately I’ve been offering a lot of Italian cocktails with a lot of vermouth, but I’m doing you a favor – you need to use this bottle before it oxidizes.)
This drink sits somewhere between the 50/50 martini and the martinez (the predecessor of the martini). It’s tasty and stronger than your standard martini, which I appreciate during holiday parties. During colder months, I tend to drink darker and sweeter, so this is the perfect winter drink for me. As with last week’s cocktail , you’ll need good gin and good vermouth as you’ll get a mouthful of each. I love this cocktail (like a martini) but it won’t go bad on a large rock or with a strip of orange peel. To make it you will need:
- 1 1/2 ounce dry gin
- 1 1/2 ounce Italian vermouth
- 2 drops of orange bitter
Pour everything into a stirring glass filled with ice and stir until it cools well. Strain into the chilled compartment and enjoy.