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En Banc

You’ve been wondering, I’m sure, whether I’m on the wagon, given the dearth of posts. Never fear. I’ve been experimenting with variations on the Perfect Martini, and hadn’t found a combination worthy of sharing (though some were good and probably just need ratio work).

A Perfect Martini is one that includes both sweet and dry vermouth. You may recall that, as an ancestor of the Martinez, a Martini was originally made with sweet vermouth, and only later was the Dry Martini invented. As I understand it, some made the Manhattan with the sweet/dry combo and called it a Perfect Manhatran, so the same terminology was applied to Martinis.

Don’t order a Perfect Martini in a bar, though, without describing it. You are likely to get a glass of cold gin or vodka, if not simply a blank stare. Do try it… it is a great addition to the repertoire, and it can be mixed with our most basic starter bar ingredients.

Today, though, I share an exquisite variation on the template:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Amaro (Ramazotti)
  • 1/2 oz St Germain
  • Lemon wheel garnish

Mix with ice and shake or stir, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add the lemon wheel. Enjoy.

As to the name, the term refers to when a full court of judges, rather than a subset panel, hears a case. If you want to know why I called it that, you’ll have to buy me a drink, and yes, there is a story.

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