Basil Daisy

Basil Daisy

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  1. Twist 3 basil leaves to open up their oils. Add all the ingredients except one basil leaf to a shaker with fresh ice and hard shake until chilled. Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass and garnish with one remaining base leaf.
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Attribution: http://imbibemagazine.com/basil-daisy-recipe/

 

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Maple Mint Vodka Spritzer

Maple Mint Vodka Spritzer

What could be better than this refreshing spritzer made with Indiana Vodka, fresh mint leaves, and pure maple syrup.

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  1. Muddle in mints leaves into a tall collins glass. (leave one or two leaves for garnish). Add ice to the glass. Pour maple syrup over ice and let it drizzle down. Add Indiana Vodka to the glass. Finish with seltzer water to the top of the glass and garnish with remaining mint leaves.
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Pear Haymaker

Pear Haymaker

This refreshing combination of ginger and pear makes any winter day warm.

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15 minutes 30 minutes
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2 cocktails 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 minutes
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15 minutes 30 minutes
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2 cocktails 15 minutes
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15 minutes 30 minutes
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For the ginger syrup
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  1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine sliced ginger, sugar, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat for five minutes until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature for 30 minutes. Strain out ginger solids and discard, reserving syrup in an airtight container.
  2. Divide chopped pear between two 12 oz. tall collins glasses; muddle in each glass with a wooden muddler. Pour 2 oz. vodka over the pears in each glass, and fill with ice. Add ½ oz. ginger syrup and ½ oz. lemon juice to each glass, stir to combine, and finish to top of glass with ginger ale.
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Caipiroska Cocktail

Caipiroska Cocktail

Caipiroska is a form of Caipirinha, prepared with vodka instead of the usual cachaca. It is a popular cocktail in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. It is also referred to as Caipivodka and Caipirodka.

Caipiroska
Caipiroska Cocktail
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Caipiroska
Caipiroska Cocktail
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  1. First, squeeze the lime juice from lime wedges into an old fashioned or highball glass. Place one of the lime wedges into the glass and add brown and raw or turbinado sugars. Muddle the sugars with the lime wedges (be careful not to overdo the muddling of the lime rind as it may introduce too much essential oil from the lime and make the drink too bitter). Pour in vodka and stir well, until the sugar is dissolved. Add crushed ice and stir to melt some of the ice. Garnish with lime slice or wedge and serve.
  2. A variation is to use either all white sugar, or all raw or turbinado sugar. If you are using all white sugar it will result in a clearer drink, while using raw or turbinado sugar will result in a more or less tan-color drink. We think the tan color drink looks and tastes more authentic!
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Woo Woo

Woo Woo

Yep, this is the name of a cocktail.

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  1. Mix all ingredients in a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.
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Greyhound Cocktail

Greyhound Cocktail

The earliest known mention of the Greyhound Cocktail is in bartender and author Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930.

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1 cocktail 4 minutes
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1 cocktail 4 minutes
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  1. Mix Indiana Vodka and the fresh grapefruit juice together in a shaker over ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass or serve in a rocks glass over ice.
Recipe Notes

Salt the rim of the glass and turn this classic into a Salty Dog.

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Indiana Basil and Lime Rickey

Indiana Basil and Lime Rickey

This aromatic herbal infused cocktail is a sure winner at your next cocktail party.  The sweetness of the basil combined with the fresh lime juice is spectacular.

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  1. Muddle the basil leaves in the bottom of a tall glass with some fresh ice cubes. Add in the lime juice, then the simple syrup, and Indiana Vodka. Stir slightly.
  2. Garnish with another basil leaf or lime wedge
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White Russian

White Russian

This time of year a classic white russian always works, whether it’s before dinner or as a nice after dinner cocktail.

 

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  1. Combine ingredients in a rocks glass or old fashioned glass and stir. Add fresh ice. Float a bit of cream on top or a little whipped cream.
  2. For the layered look in the picture first add in fresh ice, then add the coffee liqueur, then pour vodka in slowly on side of glass, finally do the same for the cream.
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Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

We had to add this classic cocktail to the list.

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2 cocktails 5 minutes
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2 cocktails 5 minutes
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  1. Chill a martini style cocktail glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice).
  2. Put plenty of ice and all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  3. Strain the mix into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a piece of orange peal.
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Variations:

 

  • Cut a piece of orange peel about the size of your thumb (be careful not to bend it). Hold the piece of orange peel between finger and thumb over the glass, and use a match to gently warm it for about 20 seconds
  • Then bend the peel so it releases oil onto the lighted match, igniting a flame that will settle on the surface of the drink

hat tip Jamie Oliver

 

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Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

So you buy cranberries once a year about this time?  Why not get some milage out of this great berry and make a cocktail?

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For the cranberry simple syrup:
For the cocktail:
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To make the cranberry syrup
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender but haven't burst, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the leftover cranberries. This syrup can keep refrigerated for up to one month.
To make the cocktail.
  1. To assemble your cranberry vodka cocktail, stir together the cranberry simple syrup, Indiana Vodka, and the seltzer. Add ice and garnish with lemon.
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Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Pear Rosemary Cocktail

This rosemary infused cocktail is a perfect accompaniment for the holiday season. It takes some thinking ahead, but it’s worth the wait. Perfect when paired with roast beef or turkey.

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1 cocktail 20 minutes
Passive Time
2 weeks
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1 cocktail 20 minutes
Passive Time
2 weeks
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1 cocktail 20 minutes
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2 weeks
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1 cocktail 20 minutes
Passive Time
2 weeks
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To make the pear nectar and the rosemary simple syrup
To make the cocktail
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  1. Quarter the pears. Place enough pears into a 48-ounce glass jar to fill the jar. Add Indiana Vodka. Seal the jar, and let it stand at room temperature 2 weeks (up to 2 months, it gets better). We like Seckel pears because they are smaller and in season, but any type will work.
  2. Heat the ugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the rosemary to the pan and keep on heat for 10 seconds; remove the pan from the heat. Let the rosemary infuse in the syrup for 30 minutes. Discard rosemary. Let cool completely. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  3. Fill 12-ounce collins glasses halfway with ice. Add 4 tablespoons Indiana Vodka, 2 tablespoons of the rosemary syrup, and 3 tablespoons of the vodka pear infusion to each glass. Top with 1/2 cup sparkling water. Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.
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Pumpkin Pie Martini – Fall Cocktail Series

Pumpkin Pie Martini – Fall Cocktail Series

Halloween is near and what better way to ring in the spooky season than with a pumpkin pie martini.

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Cook Time
20 minutes
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Cook Time
20 minutes
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20 minutes
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Cook Time
20 minutes
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Pumpkin Pie Syrup
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The Drink
  1. To prepare your cocktail: In a shaker, combine Indiana Vodka, pumpkin pie puree, caramel pumpkin pie syrup, and ice cubes. Strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle some more pumpkin pie spice on top.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  1. Put about a 1/4 C of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. And it will start to caramelize. Once it begins to caramelize,at that point you can add more sugar. Keep stirring to combine all the sugar. Don't apply too much heat or it will burn. If it's black you need to start over. Once all of the sugar is caramelized, remove the pan from heat and add the 1/2 C warm water. Stand back as you do this. It will sizzle and pop. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice and your caramel syrup is done. Refrigerate. It will weep for two weeks.
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Irish Martini

Irish Martini

For when you are feeling your Irish!

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  1. Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with fresh crushed ice. Pour all three ingredients in with the ice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass or red solo cup if you are tailgating. Garnish with a slice of orange or a straw.
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Fall Cocktail Series – Ginger Apple Fizz

Fall Cocktail Series – Ginger Apple Fizz

Try his spin on a fall favorite.

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  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Add Indiana Vodka, the sour mix, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the ginger beer and the cherry.
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Dalmation Cocktail

Dalmation Cocktail

Fall is a great time for cocktails.  The crisp fall air and the added punch of a crisp cocktail are a perfect couple.  Check out this slightly spicy and crisp cocktail made with award winning Indiana Vodka.

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Passive Time
1-2 hours
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Passive Time
1-2 hours
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1 cocktail 30 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
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1 cocktail 30 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
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Black Peppercorn Simple Syrup
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To Make the Cocktail
  1. Combine the finished simple syrup, vodka, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds; strain into an ice-filled rocks glass or collins glass.
Black Peppercorn Simple Syrup
  1. Place sugar, water and peppercorns together in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring. Once sugar is completely dissolved take off the heat and let the mixture cool. Leave the peppercorns in the mixture for 1 to 2 hours or longer to increase spicy pepper taste. Strain out peppercorns to taste. Syrup can be kept refrigerated and used for up to 2 weeks.
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Indiana Bloody Mary (homemade mix edition)

Indiana Bloody Mary (homemade mix edition)

It’s bloody mary time so you knew we’d be posting this sooner or later.  There are lots of mediocre bloody mary mixes on the market and that is too bad.  For a sure fire touchdown of a bloody mary, make your own mix.  Below is one of our favorite and it’s easy to make.

Fresh Bloody Mary Mix
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Combine these ingredients for a great bloody mary.
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6 drinks 30 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 drinks 30 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Fresh Bloody Mary Mix
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Combine these ingredients for a great bloody mary.
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6 drinks 30 minutes
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2 hours
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6 drinks 30 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
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Bloody Mary Mix
The Bloody Mary Cocktail
  • 32 ozs fresh mix you kept it chilled overnight right?
  • 6 oz Indiana Vodka
  • Ice (fresh ice!!, fill glass half way)
  • garnish - celery, favorite veggie, pickle baby corn, etc.
Kicked Up Option
Servings: drinks
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  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for one minute. then pour in a non-reactive pitcher and chill for at least two hours or over night. It gets better over night!
  2. Fill a tall glass such as a collins glass or other tall glass half way with fresh ice. Add 1 ounce of Indiana Vodka. Pour 4 to 5 ounces of your freshly made bloody mary mix. Or add 6 ounces of Indiana Vodka to the whole pitcher. Be sure to garnish each glass with your favorite veggie, pickle, celery, pickled green bean, or a pickled okra. Enjoy while watching your favorite football game.
  3. Add Sriracha sauce to the mix before blending for a really kicked up version. We suggest 3 tablespoons, but really this is to taste.
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Refreshing Cucumber Cape Codder Cocktail

Refreshing Cucumber Cape Codder Cocktail

This cranberry and cucumber mashup may sound like an odd pairing, but the refreshing vegetable really mellows out the tartness of the cranberry juice.

Cucumber Cape Codder Cocktail
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Cucumber Cape Codder Cocktail
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Cucumber Syrup
Cocktail Ingredients
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  1. First to make the cucumber syrup, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce the heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove the sugar water from heat and stir in the grated cucumber and muddle the cucumber. Let it cool. Pour through a strainer into a bowl or measuring cup, and discard solids (you should have 2 cups cucumber syrup). Your cucumber syrup can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
  2. Combine the cucumber syrup, Indiana Vodka, cranberry, and lime juices in a 2-quart pitcher. Serve over ice, and garnish with cucumber wedges. Your pitcher will remain fresh for about 8 hours.
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Blackberry Crush

Blackberry Crush

Try this refreshing cocktail utilizing fresh blackberries.

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1 cocktail 5 minutes
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1 cocktail 5 minutes
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  1. In a collins glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Lightly crush the berries to release their juice. Add fresh ice and Indiana Vodka then top with seltzer. Stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig.
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Gold Russian Cocktail

Gold Russian Cocktail

This is an alternative take on the “russian” cocktails.  Galliano is an interesting touch.  If you’ve never tried it it, you must.

Gold Russian
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1 cocktail 3 minutes
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  1. Combine ingredients into an old fashioned glass or rocks glass over clean, fresh ice.
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There’s Nothing Like a Black Cherry Martini

There’s Nothing Like a Black Cherry Martini

Now that we’ve described our perfect dry martini, we move on to the universe that is the martini.  It seems like martinis now come in all shapes and sizes.  First up, and for no particular reason than it looked really yummy, is the black cherry martini.

Black Cherry Martini
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Black Cherry Martini
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Add to shaker
For Garnishing
Servings: cocktail
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  1. Mix Indiana Vodka, black cherry juice, grapefruit juice, and agave nectar in shaker with ice.
  2. Place lemon juice in small bowl. Place sugar in second bowl. Dip martini glass into lemon juice, then into sugar to coat rim of glass.
  3. Strain and pour mixed cocktail carefully into martini glass being careful not to wash in sugar on rim. Add cherry.
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The Perfect Vodka Martini

The Perfect Vodka Martini

This is at once the easiest and hardest cocktails to make.  It’s dry as a bone with no sugar to hide your mistakes.  The perfect vodka martini is an elusive prey.  Good hunting.

Now, let’s clarify right off the bat.  For the purists out there you are right, there is no such thing as a vodka martini.  Martinis are made with gin.  That is correct in every respect but usefulness.  A vodka martini used to be called the kangaroo and also the vodkatini.  Really, we’re not kidding. No wonder the name change. For 40 years now, a martini made with vodka has been a vodka martini. You want to tell James Bond he’s wrong?

So what goes into the perfect vodka martini?  First, good vodka is a must. Of course we suggest Indiana Vodka, but feel free to use a lesser vodka, it’s your loss.  Good vodka will make a martini sweet and smooth. Second, good dry vermouth is also demanded.  Whether you use a liberal amount or just a misting, good dry vermouth is required and we would suggest a French or Italian vermouth. Third, accouterments.  Olives, lemon twists, and orange twists are the most common.  We like slightly oily pimento stuffed olives.  You can use what you like.

Finally, a few things to consider. First, use fresh dry vermouth.  Vermouth will go bad in a month or two, or at least take on an icky character.  Always buy the smallest vermouth bottle you can and keep it refrigerated. Second, use good fresh ice, not the stuff that’s been accumulating all the flavors of your freezer all week.  This goes for all dry cocktails, but especially dry vodka martinis.

As for how much vermouth to use? We are sure doctoral dissertations have been written on this subject. It is a question for the ages. The correct answer (politically correct said the guy at the end of the bar) is use as much or as little as you like. Experiment!

Our classic recipe is below.

Vodka Martini
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Classic vodka martini made with a sniff of vermouth.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 3 minutes
Vodka Martini
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Classic vodka martini made with a sniff of vermouth.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 3 minutes
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Accouterments (pick one) and/or Variations
Servings: cocktail
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Instructions
  1. Add Indiana Vodka and vermouth to ice in a mixer glass. Stir (sorry James). Strain into a chilled martini glass or rocks glass. Traditionally a vodka martin is served chilled and neat. However, we think it is perfectly acceptable to serve over ice. Just make sure it is good ice. Add accouterments and or variations. Straighten your black tie and enjoy!
  2. When adding vermouth, it is to taste. Some of us like to use a misting bottle and just mist some vermouth over the top instead of adding to the vodka. Others use a more liberal amount. Reportedly Winston Churchill would order his martinis asking for just a nod by the bartender in the direction of France. It's your call. We like Dolin French Vermouth.