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vodka + vermouth, but not a "vodka martini"

chowyadoin99 Mar 26, 2014 06:47 PM

any ideas for cocktails featuring V & V other than the obvious?

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  1. c oliver RE: chowyadoin99 Mar 26, 2014 07:05 PM

    Well, if its vodka and not gin, then it already broke the "martini rule" :) I'll be interested to see what people come up with.

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      ultramagnetic RE: chowyadoin99 Mar 26, 2014 10:13 PM

      The Kangaroo was, I believe, the original name.

      1. EvergreenDan RE: chowyadoin99 Mar 27, 2014 05:03 AM

        What is the objective? Usually people ask about ingredients because they like their flavors. But since vodka has little flavor (essentially none when mixed in a cocktail), vodka + vermouth tastes like boozy vermouth. What you add to it will dramatically change its flavor.

        For example, equal parts vodka, vermouth, and Campari would be a dry, conifer-free version of a Negroni. Cynar would be nice too. The vodka would serve only to raise the proof.


        1. EvergreenDan RE: chowyadoin99 Mar 27, 2014 10:18 AM

          Another idea. Make a more grown-up Cosmo. I haven't tried this, but something like:

          1.5 oz vodka
          0.75 oz dry vermouth
          0.5 oz lemoncello
          0.25 oz unsweetened cranberry juice (not cocktail)
          expressed lemon peel

          You'd have to play with the ratios. Cranberry juice is very sour and a bit bitter. The lemoncello will sweeten it, but the vermouth will dry it out. The idea would be to have a faint pink color, a subtle, bitter cranberry flavor, and an balanced (not sweet) cocktail with a wine base.


          1. yarm RE: chowyadoin99 Mar 28, 2014 05:26 AM

            Never had this combination although I rather enjoyed the Club Cocktail I had (equal parts vodka and white port, 1-2 dash Angostura). Worked great with Bison Grass Vodka for the cinnamon spice in the spirit complemented the Ango well.

            I can understand a dirty vodka martini for it brine-flavored booze. Vodka + vermouth is just watered down vermouth, er diluted down vermouth.


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