I’ve been making this for some of my cocktail-loving friends who are wary of gin. The response has been very positive.
Squeeze one half lemon to yield 1 oz of juice.
Add several ice cubes to a shaker or mixing glass, then add 1 oz gin, 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Lillet, the lemon juice and 3/4 oz simple syrup.
Shake vigorously. Put some elbow into it.
Strain into a chilled martini-shaped glass.
Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
*It’s not just juniper anymore: If you’re not a lover of gin, you may be surprised at the range of flavors to be discovered in various brands of the spirit. In recent years, some small-batch distillers have entered the market with new offerings, like the velvety, iconoclastic Hendrick’s, from Ayrshire, Scotland, which adds cucumber and rose to the mix. I must say I think it’s a brilliant choice for this cocktail.
**Lillet, an apéritif wine from the Bordeaux region of France, is available in blanc (white) and rouge (red) varieties. Lillet blanc also features in the Vesper, the cocktail created by James Bond in Casino Royale.
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