We challenged Carson Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador for Iron Balls Gin to make a gin-forward cocktail that was neither a G&T, Martini or a Negroni riff. He, therefore, came up with the Chrysanthemum White Martinez.
A riff on a classic Martinez, this drink swaps out sweet vermouth for French (white) Vermouth and Orange Bitters for his own made Chrysanthemum Bitters.
As Quinn himself describes it, this drink is a bright, yet spirits forward cocktail that is a great aperitif
And as Quinn points out, the Chrysanthemum Bitters are easy to make “You can do it with Vodka, if you can’t get anything higher proof. Just steep the Chrysanthemums in Vodka and let it sit for 10 days and then you’re done. But lots and lots of Chrysanthemums, fill the whole bottle”.
Chrysanthemum White Martinez
- 60mls (2oz) Iron Balls Gin
- 15mls (0.5oz) French Vermouth (Quinn uses La Quintinya Vermouth Royal)
- 5mls (0.16oz) Maraschino Liqueur
- 6 drops Chrysanthemum Bitters
Stir all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass, then strain into a an ice filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with Lemon zest peel.