While yesterday was a rye day, today was most definitely a gin day. With an assortment of gins at hand (Plymouth, Tanqueray Ten, Sapphire, Aviation and Martin Miller’s) I wanted to drink either something new, or something I hadn’t had in awhile. Enter Esquire Drinks.
I perused several gin-based cocktail recipes before landing on the Hearst, a fine cocktail that I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing for at least a few years. Comprised of gin, sweet vermouth—rather than the classic dry vermouth and gin pairing—orange bitters and aromatic bitters, it’s a well-balanced cocktail that packs a boozy wallop.
The gin and sweet vermouth work together to create a gorgeous aroma and clean, crisp flavor. I tried it with a few different gins, but settled on Plymouth, my go-to source for sustenance, inspiration and general happiness.
Hearst Cocktail Recipe:
1oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir with cracked ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.