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November 13, 2014 by Russ

While a good friend was over, trying to save this heap of a computer from eating itself (I totally blame this jumble of wires and defective drives on the lack of posting, by the way), I was flipping through the ol’ Mr. Boston’s recipe book, looking for something new.  Since I’m telling you this story, you can probably already tell that I found it.

I was trying to use up our existing bottle of Dolin dry vermouth in order to give me an excuse to open the new dry vermouth by Ransom Spirits that we procured (thanks, Morganelli’s Party Store!) and am super-excited about.  We got to try a lil’ sample of it on our summer roadtrip, in Portland, where there is a store called Meadow that primarily sells chocolate, salt, and bitters.  I know, I know, it was amazing.  The best part?  They have samples available of most of their items!  So we fell in love with Ransom’s dry vermouth, came home and asked nicely, and Morganelli’s came through in a big way with the dry AND the sweet by Ransom!  If the sweet is anything like Whipper Snapper and their Old Tom gin, I have every confidence that it is also top-notch.

So, in comes Mr. Boston and the something new.  I trip across a recipe that uses dry vermouth, is simple, new, and unexpected.  On paper, the Ferrari doesn’t come across as a particularly good drink.  I was especially skeptical, since I am not a fan of the bitter component of vermouth in general.  With the what-the-Hades attitude that usually precedes a revelation, I threw one together and was mildly stunned at the outcome.

A surprisingly tasty, and simple, combination of sweet and bitter. DON'T skip the garnish!
Recipe type: Cordials
  • 1 oz. Amaretto
  • 2 oz. Dry vermouth
  1. Mix over ice in an old-fashioned glass and stir. Squeeze a lemon twist over it, run the twist around the rim of the glass, and drop it in.

I used Luxardo amaretto, because I am completely in love with it.  It ends up being a refreshing and sweet drink, with the best qualities of each ingredient complimenting the other.  The 1:2 ratio ends up a little sweeter than Elyn prefers, but my excellent tech-saavy buddy and I found it delicious.  Absolutely do not neglect that lemon twist; in fact, make it an extra-robust one.  Those lemon oils really bring it all together.

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