Cocktail Hour: Grapeshot Martini
Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 20, 2016
Recently, many new brands of gin have become available in my home Province, Alberta. While many have very traditional juniper forward flavour profiles, there are a growing number which seek to give other flavour elements a stronger role within the spirit. One such brand which I received recently is Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin. In addition to juniper, 29 other botanicals are used within its construction. In addition, this gin is also infused with Riesling Wine.
While examining the spirit, I decided that its character would be well suited to Martini cocktails where the many nuances of flavour within the gin would not be lost. I decided that a Vesper-like cocktail which combined a high quality vodka (Belvedere) with Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin would be an ideal starting point.
The Riesling wine infusion inspired a green grape garnish. I placed the grape in the freezer first such that as it thawed in the cocktail it would be more inclined to release some its flavour to enhance the serving.
The result was quite delicious!
1 oz Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1/6 oz Stock Vermouth
Place a green grape in the freezer 2 hours before serving
Chill your Martini Glass
Slice the semi frozen grape in half and place it in the chilled glass
Add Gin, the Vodka and Vermouth into a metal shaker with lots of ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker are frosted
Double strain into the chilled martini glass
Of course, you should enjoy responsibly!
If you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more mixed drink recipes!
Note my review of Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin will publish tomorrow.
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