It’s almost cocktail hour here in New York, and since working Mondays are always hard on the nerves, we thought we’d dip into our backlist today and bring you a classic drink recipe from a classic Abbeville volume. The Knickerbocker Cocktail, featured in Charles Schumann’s American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks (1995), is a traditional martini with a tiny twist. Drink snobs may know that there’s a rum-based version that goes by the same name, but that version is a rank impostor; we’re referring here to the gin drink. It goes a little something like this:
3/4 oz dry vermouth
dashes vermouth bianco (or vermouth rosso)
1 oz gin
Stir well in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, strain into a chilled martini glass, squeeze lemon twist over drink and drop into the glass.
Sip, unwind, enjoy. For an added touch of class, drink while casually perusing Abbeville’s new Warhol e-book on your iPad. Or, for that matter, while perusing American Bar itself, by way of planning your next concoction. Remember: the weekend may seem like ages away, but five o’clock is just around the corner.
Click here to purchase American Bar, by Charles Schumann, published by Abbeville Press.
Click here to purchase Warhol (e-book edition), by Carter Ratcliff, published by Abbeville Press.