Ever get in a bit of a rut?

You know what you like (ahem, Manhattans and Margaritas and anything with Green Chartreuse…) and you get in a habit of generally sticking to those few items. You know a lot more cocktail recipes, but usually when you’re making a drink, it’s the end of a long day and you just don’t feel like thinking that hard.

Oh yeah, I’ve been there.

There are SO MANY truly great cocktails out there, it’s easy to get set on a few classics and forget the rest. So when Chris randomly mentioned that he’d like a gin martini – well it definitely caught me off guard.


So this week’s cocktail is about as classic as it gets. A classic Gin Martini made with Tanqueray and one of our favorite Vermouths: the lovely La Quintinye, plus a splash of orange bitters to keep things interesting.

The cocktail is beautifully balanced with the dry vermouth enhancing the botanicals in the gin. The barrel-aged orange bitters add another aromatic element and the lemon oil from the garnish adds just enough weight to the drink to tie all the ingredients together.

This one might have just earned it own spot on my “go to” list after all!


Classic Gin Martini

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  • 2 oz London Dry Gin Tanqueray
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir to chill and dilute.
  • Strain into a coupe.
  • Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.