COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH
2 ounces Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
2 ounces Carpano Bianco Vermouth
The Martini is iconic, and only rarely can the original be improved. If there is ever someone that defies expectations every day, it is your mother, and she deserves a well-crafted cocktail that shows it. 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. Stir well and strain into a chilled coup and garnish with lemon zest, serve it with gratitude and thanks to your mother on a silver tray, and leave her alone. Hasn't she already done enough for you today?