Isis by by Grant Dingwall, New Zealand.
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Adapted from a recipe by Grant Dingwall, Corner Bar,Auckland,New Zealand.
“A martini-styled drink named after the Egyptian goddess who was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife, also the patron of nature and magic.” Grant Dingwall.
45 ml (1.5 oz) Tanqueray No. TEN gin
15 ml (.5 oz) Chamomile and Jasmine Infused Dry Vermouth*
10 ml (.33 oz) Lillet Blanc
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled vintage cocktail coupe.
*Chamomile and Jasmine Infused Dry Vermouth: Pour one 750-ml bottle Dolin vermouth over 2 teaspoons chamomile tea leaves and 2 teaspoons jasmine tea leaves. Let stand for 1.5 to 2 hours, tasting while infusing to make sure the tea doesn’t overpower the vermouth too much. Strain, bottle, and keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.
gaz sez: Simple and beautiful. This one’s a very subtle masterpiece, and its beauty lies in the fact that Grant didn’t go overboard. I would have been so tempted to add a dash of orange bitters in this drink, but that would have thrown the whole thing out of whack. Well done, Grant.