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Friday Cocktail

Opening Cocktail

Opening Cocktail

Having an art gallery opening, a book signing, or product launch?  Are you celebrating a first?  This Friday’s cocktail might be the perfect choice to celebrate; it’s an Opening Cocktail.

Seriously, that’s it’s name, and it’s not so new itself.  The cocktail dates back to at least the early 1960s.  Whether it was designed for just such a purpose as opening night at a theater or other event appears lost to the ages.

What you’ll need:  Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, and Grenadine.

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 1 1/2 ounces of your choice of whiskey (a rye or blended works well).  Then add 1/2 ounce each of sweet vermouth and grenadine.  Shake and then strain into an old fashioned glass over cubed ice.  Alternatively, the drink may be served up in a cocktail glass sans ice.

How I like it:  This is an excellent cocktail for sipping with its subtle sweet taste.  I find I prefer this on the rocks.  Some recipes suggest bourbon could be used in place of the whiskey, but I think whiskey suits it better.  Just don’t drink too many of these if you are at an elegant “Opening.”

Drink responsibly!

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