The Tailspin is a lovely little cocktail I first came across in How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice. Combining gin, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse and a touch of Campari, the Tailspin is a flavor-packed cocktail colored with interesting hues of both green and red.
For a drink with some very potent flavors, namely chartreuse and Campari, the Tailspin is surprisingly well balanced, layering its flavors quite well. Sweeter and more herbal than a Last Word or Negroni, it’s an interesting little concoction. And composed of ingredients that any respectable bar will carry—plus many well-stocked home bars—it’s easy to make.
1 oz dry gin
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes Campari
Rinse a chilled glass with Campari, and discard the excess. Stir other ingredients with ice, and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
The Tailspin is sweet and herbal with a hint of bitterness, and the underlying gin isn’t lost in the background. I liked it overall, but for round 2, I used more Campari to temper the sweetness. Rather than simply using it as a rinse, I dumped a full bar spoon into the drink. The result adhered better to my personal tastes, which lean toward the bitter.