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Some cocktails are complex. Some are very simple; Both can be great in their own way and anyone will tell you that the better the tools (the spirits, the fruit, even down to how the glass is chilled), the higher the chances of a great tasting drink. That’s what we have on display here. It’s 3 ingredients (paying homage to the gin and where the cocktail gets it’s name), all of which have a very specific purpose.
No.3 Dry Gin is really good. It has very few, ‘no bullshit’ botanicals [One of which is grapefruit] that work oh so well together, both in dry martini’s as well as in more clever cocktails.
I used to think that 1 good gin was good enough but with time I’ve realized that’s not the case at all. Different gins serve different purposes and you’ll find [through trial and error] where they work best. Which is why I recommend to stop buying the same bottle every time and take time to see what’s out there, learn what you like and what works best in the drinks you enjoy making.
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No. 3 London Dry Gin
Normally, I would make a martini with Plymouth gin, dry vermouth and orange bitters. Try it next time. But since I ran out of it, I had the opportunity of trying out something new [‘No. 3′ in this case], which allowed me to experiment with different flavors.
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3 parts No.3 Gin
1 part Dry Vermouth
2-3 dashes of grapefruit bitters
Pour them into a mixing glass, fill it with ice and stir.
*how long you stir really depends on how much you’d like to dilute your drink, which you may not want to do too much with a drink like this.
Strain [julep strainer works best here] into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a fresh grapefruit twist for a wonderfully aromatic experience.