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Cat-Like Reflexes

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Ingredients

1 ounce Milagro Reposado tequila

1 ounce Mancino Bianco Ambrato vermouth

2 ounces grapefruit juice

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Directions

  1. Shake with ice for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Vermouth 101

Vermouth, originally used for medicinal purposes as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, is derived from the German word wermut (remember, the German “w” is pronounced like the English “v”) meaning “wormwood,” which was one of the original botanicals used in making it. Botanicals aromatize alcoholic beverages, placing them in the “apéritif” class. So yes, vermouth can be consumed on its own as a palate revver.