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
- Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
- 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.