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Gypsy Cocktail

Dating to the mid-1930s, the Gypsy demonstrates vodka’s utility in drinks with strongly flavored liqueurs; here, the spirit’s neutrality gives the potent flavor of the herbal liqueur Bénédictine room to expand while also tempering the liqueur’s sweetness.

 

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. Bénédictine
1 dash Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled glass.

 

Adapted from Esquire Drink Book, 1956

 

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