101 Best New Cocktails: It Doesn’t Take an Empire by Simon Ford, The 86 Co, New York, NY

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

It Doesn’t Take an Empire

Simon Ford, The 86 Co, New York, NY

“Here is a new recipe of mine that I have created that I am particularly proud of. Still pretty simple but it has Gin and Tea in it so you can’t go wrong.” Simon Ford

60 ml (2 oz) Fords gin

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

22.5 ml (.75 oz) simple syrup

30 ml (1 oz) Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Infusion*

1 dash Angostura bitters

Club soda

1 maraschino cherry, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with soda and add the garnish.

*Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Infusion: Take a one liter or 750ml bottle of Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth and infuse it with 4 or 3 heaping tablespoons of market spice/chai tea. Let it sit for 1.5 hours. Strain and keep refrigerated.

gaz sez: “Keep it Simple, Stupid” is not a bad catch-phrase, and although Simon managed to keep it simple with this recipe, he’s far from being stupid. Lest you didn’t know, Simon is one of the owners of The 86 Company that offers top-of-the-line spirits at ultra-reasonable prices, packed in bartender-friendly bottles. And he’s a damned good bartender, too!


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