Left Bank

Serves:

1

Special Equipment:

Cocktail Shaker, Lime Peel

Difficulty:

Low

Good For:

A classy afternoon refresher

Inspiration

Left Bank

Where are our martini lovers out there?! This is our refreshing twist on a martini with a secret ingredient: wine! 

In this cocktail, which is one of Evan’s all-time favorites, vermouth is traditionally replaced with a dry sauvignon blanc and there’s a delightful addition of elderflower liqueur. 

In this video, Evan is shaking the cocktail, which isn’t traditional of a spirit-heavy cocktail. He does this to illustrate that while there are mixology rules to be aware of, it’s important to adapt to your own personal preferences. Or, ahem, to your partner’s preferences…because Suzanne prefers her martinis shaken!

Must be nice to have a live-in bartender to make cocktails just the way you like them, right? 

Let’s Get Stirrin’ or Shakin’

Ingredients

2 oz Silent Pool Gin

1/2 oz St Elder Liqueur

1/2 oz dry white wine (we’re using Jax Vineyard’s Y3 Sauvignon Blanc)

Ice

Lime peel for garnish

 

Combine gin, wine, and St Elder Cordial in cocktail shaker.

Fill shaker to the top with ice and stir or shake according to your preference. Then , strain into a martini glass. 

Garnish with a lime peel and enjoy!

 

*For those who prefer a slightly drier martini feel free to cut a bit of the St. Elder with dry vermouth. 

 

…but am I going to like it?

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 0% 0%
  • Sour 50% 50%
  • Spiritous 80% 80%
  • Refreshing 40% 40%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 60% 60%
Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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