In the beginning there was the Martinez a combination of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Bitters. As it evolved the Sweet was swapped for Dry and we ended up with the Martini. Today, in the fashion of the Martinez we offer you The Byrrh Special. Byrrh Grand Quinquina Amaro was invented in 1866 by Simon and Pallade Violet in French Catalonia as a “Hygienic Tonic Wine with Cinchona”. It is a blend of sweet-fortified wines with the addition of cinchona bark and a proprietary mix of exotic spices that is then rested in oak. The result is a lush complex aromatic aperitif wine that is not unlike a well-bred Sweet Vermouth. This thought in mind we see The Byrrh Special as a great riff on the Martinez using Byrrh that is easy to make and a great cold weather season Gin cocktail. Winters cheers!
The Byrrh Special
In a shaker glass filled with ice add:
- 1½ oz. Byrrh Grand Quinquina
- 1½ oz. London Dry Gin
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.