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Mar 28, 2012 05:08 PM

Dolin Blanc

I picked up a bottle of Dolin Blanc and was looking for some cocktail ideas. First off, it’s quite delicious on its own, over a couple of ice cubes. As for cocktails, so far, I’ve used it as a substitute for lillet in a Corpsereviver 2, which I liked quite a bit. (I suppose I should ask, is it a suitable replacement for lillet in all cocktails calling for that?) I then made a 2-1 Hendricks martini. I’m not sure how much I liked this - it seemed almost too sweet. Maybe I was just missing the dry vermouth. I need to it try 4-1, which is the ratio I typically use, but I thought I'd throw out a general request for ideas or feedback on the Blanc. Thanks.

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  1. I love Dolin blanc as a clear sweet vermouth that isn't as aggressive as many rouge sweet counterparts. Last night I made a drink of 1800 Reposado, quarter lime, some Dolin blanc, some agave, couple dashes of our Hopi tea bitters and a dash of our mole bitters.

    I agree with you that it's too sweet for a proper martini (IMO).

    I also use it in a Manhattan when I want to create the herbal profile through select bitters.

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    1. re: BillB656

      Thanks for the idea, BillB656. For what it's worth, there's a useful thread on the eGullet forum on Blanc vermouth.

    2. White Manhattan (the version i had at A Tavola in New Paltz NY was Tuthilltown 100% corn whiskey (unaged), Dolin blanc, aromatic bitters, Meyer lemon zest) -- really brings out that corn flavor of the moonshine

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      1. re: barleywino

        Also works well with Bols Genever in a White Manhattan (2 oz Genever, 1 oz Blanco Vermouth, 2 dash Aromatic bitters, demerara sugar cube, lemon twist).

        1. re: yarm

          might be fun to do a side-by-side comparison

        2. re: barleywino

          Just for the hell of it, being out of the sweet stuff, I made several Manhattans last week with Dolan Blanc, bourbon and orange bitters. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised how well the blanc held it's own. I will try the corn whiskey version.

        3. Adventurous? Try Eeyore's Requiem from Toby Maloney, The Violet Hour, Chicago. It is a Campari-heavy cocktail, tinged with Fernet and moderated by a large quantity of Bianco vermouth. It is a good introduction to Fernet for the willing inductee.

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