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The Chrysanthemum: a Simple & Light Vermouth Cocktail

This three ingredient cocktail is as elegant as it is simple.  It allows vermouth, which normally plays a supporting role, to take center stage. A wonderful low ABV option that dates back more than 100 years.

Using a high quality vermouth is absolutely key here. We're big fans of Baldoria, which has nine distinct expressions, all drawing on different ingredients and flavors. Depending on which vermouth you select, you can absolutely play around with the second liqueur to balance and accentuate the aromas and tastes found in the vermouth.

A beautiful, tall coupe glass filled with a light amber-colored liquid and an ornate orange slice garnish that looks perhaps like a bird. The background has a chic apothecary feel.

Ingredients

2 ounces dry vermouth (we favor Baldoria Dry)
1 ounce Bénédictine
Absinthe, to rinse

 

Method

Rinse the inside of a chilled coupe with absinthe, and set aside.  Add Vermouth and Bénédictine to a mixing glass with ice, and stir. Strain into the chilled coupe, garnish with an orange twice, or if you're feeling fancy, something like what you see here.  

Note: The classic spec calls for 3 dashes of absinthe added to the mixing glass, but we find that can be quite overpowering, so opt for a rinse instead. If you simply adore absinthe, try increasing to taste.

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