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Cocktails By Consensus: The Poet’s Dream Cocktail

David Wondrich @ EsquireMusings on CocktailsQuiet DrinkingDiffords Guide Gin2 oz.1.5 oz.3 oz.1 shot Dry Vermouth1 oz.3/4 oz.1/2 oz1 shot Benedictine1/2 teaspoon1/2 - 3/4 oz.5 mL1 shot Mineral Water3/4 shot Orange Bitters2 dashes1-2 dashes (optional) GarnishLemon PeelLemon TwistLemon TwistLemon Twist InstructionsStir w/ ice, strain into chilled glassStir w/ ice, strain into chilled glassStir w/ ice, strain into chilled glassStir w/ ice, strain into chilled glass

This is one of those cocktails that is just all over the place, and you might be hard pressed to find a consensus on anything about. Its origins (along with many famous cocktails) can be traced in print back to the Waldorf-Astoria bar book. ¬†First you have the Difford’s Guide version- the easiest one ratio wise to keep in your mind, a little heavy on the Benedictine in my opinion and lacking the essential Orange Bitters. Personally I favor the Musings on Cocktails version (2:1:1) which gives enough Benedictine to balance what otherwise feels a bit too much like a Martini (the Esquire version).

The cocktail works best with a bold juniper forward gin. But I don’t think that you should shy away from experimenting with the contemporary style gins here.

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