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
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir to chill and strain into a chilled glass.
Adapted from Esquire Drink Book, 1956