This one came up first in Gary Regan’s Bartender’s Bible under the category of aperitifs. It was lovely, particularly when we’ve been using Carpano Antica Formula vermouth instead of garden-variety red vermouth in our cocktails. Man, that stuff is good.
Enjoy this one before dinner, or while reading “Henry V”.
1 ounce sweet vermouth.
1 ounce dry vermouth.
1/2 ounce amaretto.
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
Stir well for no less than 30 seconds, and
strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
This one’s also good for people who don’t want a terribly strong drink, as the alcohol content is a good bit lighter than a spirit-based cocktail.