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2 ounces Mancino Secco vermouth

¾ ounce Bénédictine

½ eyedropper St. George absinthe

1 dash SAVoy Society orange cinchona bitters

Orange peel, for garnish


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

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]