Friday Cocktail: The Abbey Martini

I found this recipe a while ago, but have been saving it both because it sounds a bit odd, and because I wanted a fun occasion. I’d hoped to post it last week, but the time change with daylight savings has totally thrown off my schedule, and I wasn’t able to get any photos before sunset, which is now before 4:30 in the afternoon.


While gin, sweet vermouth, and bitters are all standard but, I’ve never thought to add orange juice to a mixture of the three. You could say its a bit of a riff on my last cocktail, the artillery, but it has quite a different personality. The orange makes it a lot brighter and lighter, balancing sweet and tart, and making it a lovely drink to brighten up a grey day.


• 2 oz gin

• 1 oz sweet vermouth

• 1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice

• 3 dashes bitters


  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. (optional: garnish with an orange peel)


Please, please, please use fresh-squeezed orange juice (even if its freshly-squeezed from a store). When I went to get oranges the store was out, so I got a blend of orange and raspberry instead, which was delicious in this drink, and made it a beautiful colour! The citrus, rather than making it summery, is a lovely brightness that balances the winter blues.



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