Tomorrow night I’ll be competing in the Bootlegger 21 Amateur Cocktail Showdown, going after 4 tickets to the sold out Opening Gala of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. My Martinez Blanc was selected as one of three finalists and I’ll be making them for your enjoyment. The Homage to Harlem Glamour event has sold out, but if you’ve already got your tickets then stop by and say hi!
The most common vodka drink, apart from maybe a vodka cranberry, is the Martini. The dry vodka Martini was only popularized in the 1950′s though, and since this is about the roaring 20′s, I decided to adapt the original Martini (the Martinez) to vodka. Using Dolin Blanc instead of sweet vermouth still gives it the prohibition era sweetness you’d expect, but keeps it clean looking like a modern vodka Martini. The grapefruit bitters are lighter and brighter than angostura, which would dominate a drink with vodka since its flavor is much more subtle than gin.
- 2oz Bootlegger 21 NY Vodka
- 1/2oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
- 2 dashes grapefruit bitters
- maraschino cherry
Stir, serve up in a cocktail glass, garnish with cherry.