Astoria Cocktail

by Stevi on September 7, 2008

in Gin,Original,Vermouth

By modern standards, the Astoria is a very wet martini. I was telling the owner/bartender of the Three Lions Pub that the Astoria was my current favorite take on the martini, and he nearly fainted when I told him it was a 2:1 gin to vermouth ratio. He makes his martinis by rinsing the glass with vermouth and then shaking the gin separately over ice.

I’ve been experimenting with different gins in the Astoria. I had been using Vya extra dry vermouth, although I find it a little too spicy and, well, dry. Using Citadelle gin, the Vya made the drink too spicy, while lacking depth. I added some simple syrup, and came up with a variant I really enjoyed. It also works well with Magellan gin. I call it the sweet Astoria.

Sweet Astoria

2 oz gin (Citadelle or Magellan)
1 oz dry vermouth (Vya extra dry)
1/4 oz simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters

stir over ice for at least 30 seconds, strain into cocktail glass.

When I took my first taste of Martini and Rossi Bianco, I new immediately I had to try it in the Astoria. The Bianco is a sweeter white vermouth. I’m really excited to experiment with it in other drinks.

In this case, I thought it would pair well with the Junipero gin I was trying out. The initial nose on the Junipero is remarkably clean. I detect the slightest hint of juniper, and not much else. In the glass, I was very surprised by the taste. Instead of being very forward, to my palate most of the flavors come through on a time delay. In that sense, it pairs well with the bianco and orange bitters.

Together, the ingredients fill out the taste profile, making for one nice smooth taste experience. My immediate response was, “Now THAT is a drink.” This is going to go into high rotation in my home bar.

Astoria Cocktail

2 oz gin (Junipero)
1 oz dry vermouth (Martini & Rossi bianco)
1-2 dashes orange bitters

stir over ice for at least 30 seconds, strain into cocktail glass. garnish with lemon twist.

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Tiare September 7, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I would like to try this with Junipero gin, just wonder how i shall find it.I wish we had more varietes of gin here.


stevi September 7, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Interesting how different perceptions are. I’d have thought so close to Holland you’d have more access to interesting gin than me all the way over here in the Pacific Northwest of the US!

I bet the Bianco would not pair will with a Dutch style genever at all, since they’re sweeter already.


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