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Friday Cocktail

Gypsy cocktail

Gypsy cocktail

Be a little daring with this Friday’s cocktail, the Gypsy.

Not to be confused with the 1930s Gypsy Queen (made with vodka, Benedictine, and bitters), this cocktail features gin and sweet vermouth, a sort of Manhattan with gin instead of whiskey (or bourbon). It’s a very easy drink to make. Those who enjoy Manhattans should give this one a try.

The Gypsy appears in The Diners’ Club Drink Book, the Lancer paperback edition released in 1966. The original copyright of the text was 1961. I’ve upped the portions slightly in keeping with today’s typical standards.

What you’ll need: Gin and Sweet Vermouth

Pour equal portions (1 1/2 ounce each) of gin and sweet vermouth in a shaker over cracked ice.  Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

How I like it: The original recipe only called for 1 1/4 ounces of each liquor, but the slightly larger portions are more easily poured. It’s a heady drink with deep flavor. I wouldn’t recommend trying too many though. Otherwise I see a hangover in your future.

Good fortune and drink responsibly!

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