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Chrysanthemum

Ingredients

2 ounces Mancino Secco vermouth

¾ ounce Bénédictine

½ eyedropper St. George absinthe

1 dash SAVoy Society orange cinchona bitters

Orange peel, for garnish

Directions

  1. Stir ingredients with ice for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.
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Rotten Grapes

Keep it cold, people—vermouth needs to be refrigerated. Says Ripley, “Vermouth is wine—usually a white wine base with added botanicals, fortified with a stronger alcohol, and then there’s a bit of sugar to give it body. A lot of people have an aversion to vermouth because they are actually drinking rotten wine.” Refrigerated, vermouth keeps for a couple months. Now we know why our homemade Negronis have been so foul. [/box]