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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of dry vermouth now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
In this modern cocktail renaissance, we've seen the vermouth category explode with many new options, according to Adam Robinson. Oregon-based Imbue Cellars was the first domestic vermouth producer he came across (he's been a fan since their early days), and he recommends their Classic Dry Vermouth. Whether enjoyed by itself or in a cocktail, its approachable flavor profile makes it a go-to for any cocktail enthusiast.
Stacey Swenson recommends Carpano Dry Vermouth when pairing with nonalcoholic modifiers. She says that its delicate flavors of candied fruit, spices, coriander, incense, and lemon essential oil allow it to shine without overwhelming.
Alessandro Zampieri chooses Noilly Prat Original Dry Vermouth first of all for its history (it was the first dry-style vermouth ever produced), but also because he loves its floral and fruity flavor, which reminds him of Moscato-style dry wine. All of its aromatic flavors make this vermouth great to work with.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 30 oz of dry vermouth; a large (1 Liter) bottle, which many vermouths (including Carpano and Noilly Prat) come in, will be your best bet. If you'd like to try Imbue, you'll need more than one bottle, which means you can taste more than one recommendation—and still have some dry vermouth left over to add to your home bar (plus to make more Tidy Martinis, since we happen to be including extra ingredients)! Just don't forget to store your vermouth in the fridge after you open it!
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, mixing glass, strainer, bar spoon, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Nick & Nora, small collins glass (8 oz), and standard collins glass
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you will need about 4 pounds of ice (4 ice trays’ worth).
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