Martini (Special) Cocktail

Martini Special Cocktail

Martini (Special) Cocktail
(6 People)

4 Glasses of Gin. (2 oz Gin)
1 1/2 Glasses Italian Vermouth. (3/4 oz Italian Vermouth)
1/3 Glass Orange-flower water. (1/6 oz Orange-Flower Water)

Before shaking, add a dash of Absinthe and one or two dashes Angostura Bitters.

Another of those annoying recipes that includes ingredients in the instructions. For one person, I made it so:

Martini (Special) Cocktail, revised

1 1/2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
3/4 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
2 drops Orange Flower Water
Bare Dash Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe Verte
Dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Twist Lemon Peel over glass and discard.

First, the Orange Flower Water made me think of the botanical intensity of the Old Tom.

However, the amount of Orange Flower Water seemed awfully generous. Working out in the single serving drink math to 1/6 of an ounce for the single cocktail. 2 drops really was plenty, lending a dry perfumey finish to the drink.

All in all, a pretty interesting Martini/Martinez variation.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

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  1. I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while and decided to give it a shot lost night. I ended up using Bluecoat gin because I love the way it tastes in a martini and I used Punt e Mes instead of a more traditional vermouth. The result: horrid. Tasted like soap. I completely agree with you that the orange flower water is much too overpowering in this one. I’m going to have to give it another try with more conservative ingredients but I’m not confident that I’ll ever like variation. That was the first time in a long time I’ve had to dump a drink down the drain.

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