So, there’s this genre of drinks that are called “perfect” drinks. You hear it of either a either a Martini or a Manhattan, since those are the big two vermouth-based drinks. Basically, a Perfect Martini or a Perfect Manhattan is one that simple replaces the usual vermouth (dry for a Martini, sweet for a Manhattan) with a 50/50 mixture of dry and sweet.
Anyway, Savoy Stomp has been living open in a tab on my browser since I got that bottle of Lairds, and I was looking for Perfect variations today and decided to make a couple.
E. had a New 1920 Cocktail, with Power’s Irish Whiskey replacing the Canadian. E. tends to like drinks on the aromatic end of the citrus-bitters spectrum, and this looked interesting. She pronounced it tasty.
I had a Polo Cocktail (No. 1). This one really one of my cocktail sweet spots, which is Bronx variations. The Income Tax is one of my favorite cocktails, adding some bitters to the Bronx’s Perfect-Martini-with-some-orange base, while the Polo is a perfect martini with a bit of lemon juice. It’s nice and disappeared pretty quickly.
New 1920 Cocktail:
1 oz Power’s Irish Whiskey
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
0.5 oz dry vermouth
Stir to combine, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with twist.
0.75 oz dry gin
0.75 oz sweet vermouth
0.75 oz dry vermouth
0.25 oz lemon juice
Stir, strain, garnish with lemon twist, enjoy.