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Society cocktail

Society cocktail

Whether it be secret, high or polite, this Friday’s cocktail might well fit in.  Try the Society  cocktail!

This classic cocktail has been around since at least the early 1960s, appearing in the 28th edition of the Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide from 1964.  It’s a sophisticated, not sweet cocktail.  Quite simply, it’s a variation of a gin martini, which features the popular additive, Grenadine.  Grenadine is used in a lot of mixed drinks and a vital staple of any bar.  See more here.  Beacuse of the color, you could almost consider this the Red Martini!

What you’ll need:  Gin, Dry Vermouth, Grenadine

Prep a martini glass by filling it with ice and a bit of tonic.  Then, in a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of vermouth, and 1/2 ounce of grenadine.  Shake vigorously.  Pour out the ice and tonic from your martini glass and drop in a maraschino cherry.  Strain your mixture into your glass and serve.

How I like it:  A shade more gin and a shade less grenadine is my preference.  The original recipe for the cocktail calls for less of everything (1 1/2 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce vermouth, 1/4 teaspoon Grenadine), but this barely fills half the typical 3 to 4 ounce martini glass typically available today.  Though not necessary, prepping your glass with a bit of tonic water (per the recipe above) makes for a smoother drink.  However, this is not recommended for those who like their martinis dry.

No matter the company, polite is the best way to go, drink responsibly!

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