This was rather impromptu. I hadn’t had a drink using a recipe in a while and decided to suddenly. (If you want to know, I’ve been drinking something of my own:
Half orange juice
Half cranberry juice
A couple dashes of Angostura bitters or a glug of sweet vermouth – these are VERY scientific proportions
A glug of grenadine or blood orange syrup or both
It won’t get you drunk, but if you’re like me and you forget to eat your fruits and vegetables, it’s a good alternative to whatever you usually drink. It’s sweet and a bit spicy and nice.)
But on to the actual drink. This is one of those simple classic cocktails. According to the book (The Bartender’s Best Friend), it dates from the 30s. Two ingredients, originally no garnish (and I didn’t use one), just a jigger each.
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Pour the gin and vermouth into a mixing glass two-thirds full of ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled Cocktail glass.
And those proportions meant I got to use my Mr. Bartender! (That would be the pouring thing)
I still don’t have cocktail glasses and you can tell how little it is in a rocks glass. I should have put it in one of my cute juice glasses.
In theme with the drink name, here’s the the Clancy Brothers and Tom Makem singing Whistling Gypsy. I thought about singing it myself, but I’ll spare you (I’m not that bad – I’m not William Hung, but I’m not Pat Benatar either).
I mixed up a second one to finish dinner with. I’m about halfway through it and I’m starting to get warm, but not buzzed yet.
It’s now about 15 or so minutes after I finished the second one and I’m feeling it now. I’m only a little buzzed, but nicely. Getting a bit of a headache too, so this may not be one I drink a lot.
Yeah, I’m feeling it now. Just a bit loopy. Headache’s gone now too. Nice.