The 50 / 50 Martini is a close relative to the original classic martini. Over the years martinis have gotten to a point where the bartender just looks at the vermouth rather than adding it. What makes this cocktail special is that rather than a 4 to 1 ratio of gin to vermouth (as in a ‘dry’ martini) the 50/50 is half gin and half vermouth, which allows for enjoyment of the taste of both ingredients. It’s a great way to start off if you’re a novice gin drinker.
One type of vermouth I recently tried in the 50/50 is called Aperitivo Cocchi Americano. It’s very close to the former Kina Lillet manufactured in France in the 19th century, but no longer exists in its original formula. Before its recipe was altered in 1985, Lillet Blanc was the modern substitute. Now Aperitivo Cocchi Americano is as close to it as you can get, and makes the 50/50 Martini very tasty!
The 50 / 50 Martini
2 ounces of top shelf gin (Caorunn brand is excellent)
2 ounces of Aperitivo Cocchi Americano
1 twist of lemon peel
Shake or stir ingredients with ice, pour into a chilled cocktail glass add a lemon peel for garnish.