This cocktail is an interesting variation of a Martini. I fell in love with it immediately when I had it with Garret Richard at Slowly Shirley in Manhattan. It has the allure and bite of a martini, while still being offset by the sweet herbal liqueur of Kümmel, a clear Scandinavian spirit flavored with caraway.
This 1917 recipe refers to World War I allies of England represented by the gin, France represented by the vermouth, and Russia represented by the kümmel).
- 1.5 ounces Gin (Perry Tot’s Navy Strength)
- 1.5 ounces dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Kümmel (Gilka)
Stir well with plenty of ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass.