Derek Brown’s latest post at The Atlantic looks at some very easy cocktails that make for good summer drinking. It’s a good list and I’d like to submit my favorite easy cocktail, which I’d say has more than 1 ingredient.
Untitled Vermouth Cocktail
3 oz Dolin Blanc
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
2 dashes Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters
Pour in a crushed-ice-filled rocks glassed and stir a few times.
I love Dolin Blanc. This is about as close as I can get to drinking any vermouth neat. There’s a fairly heavy dose of bitters in this drink, in part because the vermouth is quite sweet. Fortunately the citrus and floral flavors of the vermouth lend themselves well to the citrus-orange bitter. It’s perfect on a hot summer day when you’re looking for something light and refreshing to cool off without putting in too much work.