If you use sweet Italian (red) vermouth you can make a “sweet martini.” It is a lot better than it sounds. So good in fact that over time it was ordered as a Gin and Italian and that was slowly shortened to just a Gin and It. The great bartender, Sasha Petraske, loved this drink and it should be drank in memory of him. Withouts Sasha's determination and guts to open the brilliant Milk and Honey on New York's’ Lower East Side in 1999 we would not be where we are today in the world of cocktails. To you Sasha.
Gin & It
In a chilled and iced mixing glass:
30 ml Frozen Gin
15 ml Cinzano
Stir and pour into a chilled coupe.
Squeeze a lemon peel over the glass and discard.
Bartenders don’t get garnishes.
Note: Like the martini you can make this in a variety of ways. More vermouth or less. I make mine equal parts more often than not. The recipe above is from what I have heard Sashas preferred ratio.
“Cocktails are not worth intellectualising, they are just something to be experienced. The fact that people talk about cocktails like one might talk about like wine, which you have to grow, is laughable. A cocktail is a simple thing - what matters is if you make it right.”-Sasha Petraske
Drink one often,
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