Introducing: The Jasontini

Martinis are tasty, tasty beverages: A bit of gin (or, shudder, vodka), a bit of vermouth, shaken not stirred. Add some olives for garnish and you’re good to go.

As part of the Vice Lounge Online Mixology Series (yes, I’m making that up), I warmly welcome you to the Jasontini — a tasty, subtle spin on a classic martini that doesn’t scream “girl drink.”

Here’s the recipe, for a double:

  • 3 oz. Hendrick’s gin
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 0.25 oz. St. Germain elderberry liqueur
  • 0.25 oz. Solerno blood orange liqueur
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake thoroughly for at least 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel if desired.

This drink will punch you; it’s heavy on the gin. That’s why we use Hendricks — it’s well balanced with strongly floral notes, and not much of a juniper edge.

The combination of the floral gin with the elderberry makes a sweet drink; the blood orange liqueur also sweetens it but adds a hint of sour. The bitters help tame the sweet a bit; substitute 5-6 dashes of Angostura bitters if you’d prefer something even more “bitter counterbalanced.”

The flavor profile is one of sweet, floral and citrus, but it’s not cloying and the various ingredients are just different enough to make for a good-tasting drink with several different, subtle flavors that add complexity without sacrificing drinkability.

Bottoms up!

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