COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

"THE 50/50"

2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
2 oz Carpano Bianco Vermouth
Orange Bitters

The Martini is iconic, and only rarely can the original be improved. If there was ever a season for well-deserved cocktail it’s this one! The 50/50 is unique regarding using a sweeter style of gin called Old Tom, Haymen's, to be specific. The gin itself is softer with beautiful floral notes with candied citrus and not much of the juniper influence.

Vermouth is imperative in a Martini, but people have turned up their noses at vermouth over the years, and in some cases rightfully so, but with this drink, we will crank it up to equal parts Gin to Vermouth. Carpano is an Italian Vermouth producer, but they make an exceptional Blanc (Bianco) style, not to be confused with Dry Vermouth. Bianco Vermouth also tends to have more citrus and floral notes with fewer bitter elements.

The fun part with this cocktail is dressing it up a bit; before you stir it, add a couple of dashes of orange bitters for an even brighter drink that sips like sunshine or aromatic bitters for a more savory touch, or even a sprig of rosemary. Stir well, strain into a chilled coup, and garnish with lemon zest. A lovely tribute to a day well done.

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