There are several versions of the Turf Cocktail, the oldest dating back more than a century. This version, adapted for modern palates from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual, ramps up the herbal elegance of a standard dry Martini with touches of maraschino liqueur and absinthe.
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
1 dash absinthe
1 dash orange bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Garnish: lemon twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish.
Adapted from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual, 1882