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.”