The Abbey Martini

July 8, 2010 (Day 159) — The Abbey Martini

An abbey, according to the dictionary:

1) a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.

2) the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent.

3) the church of an abbey.

It conjures images of solemn men and women of the Lord, drifting through stony courtyards in dignified silence. It conjures images of good beer (monks were allowed to brew beer during the Great Depression).

Or, if you’re like me — a Mel Brooks fan — you think of this:

I’m guessing the creators of this drink had the more austere and somber abbey in mind when they created the Abbey Martini. Since we’ve been doing a bit more fun and tropical drinks lately, I figure I can at least ATTEMPT to comply with…

The Abbey Martini

1.5 oz gin

1.5 oz orange juice

.5 oz maraschino liqueur

Dash dry vermouth

Dash Angostura bitters

Combine your ingredients in a chilled cocktail shaker (the colder this drink is, the better) filled with ice, then shake thoroughly. Keep shaking that beasty, cause you want it very cool.

And what’s cooler than being cool?




Erm… Sorry…

Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Or, if you’re me and you happen to have access to some goblets, this is one drink that totally goes well with the ornate designs and over-the-top feeling brought on by a chalice.

Hell yes. But, the taste! What do we think of the taste?

Classics — with the exception of the nightmare known as the Long Island Iced Tea — stick around for good reasons. They’re good. And so is the Abbey.

This has a gentle, warming almost earthy flavor. It just offers further proof that the cocktail classics shouldn’t be left to die. They’re were on to something. There’s no afterburn. Gin and orange juice are always a great combination, but what’s really impressive how the tiny dashes of bitters and vermouth really bring out the flavors of the maraschino liqueur. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a very interesting, almost earthy taste.

Verdict: I freaking love it.

Agnus Dei

— Mark

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