When I saw the Red Kiss on Rufus’ Guide to Food & Spirits, I knew I had to try it out. First, it incorporates Cherry Heering, which I have in my liquor cabinet, and with which I recently told you I am eager to experiment more. Secondly, it features vermouth in a starring role, which is unusual in American cocktails (of this century, at least) — and Boozehound has me convinced that vermouth gets a bad rap.
I have to say, right away, that this is one of my favorite new cocktails that I’ve tried in a long time. It’s nicely balanced, and, as long as you’ve treated your vermouth right (by which I mean, you’ve stored it in the refrigerator* and not let it languish too long), it’s nice and mellow.
* Most people don’t, and I didn’t until recently, when I read that vermouth is really a kind of wine and should be treated as such. It really does make a big difference in the flavor!
Perfect for sipping on a Friday night at home, as I did last week while the hubby was out seeing Zero Dark Thirty with the guys. No bother — I just called my evening Zero Cocktail Thirty and had myself a little a party after Nora was in bed. Wild times, I tell you!
- 1 oz dry vermouth
- ½ oz cherry brandy, such as Cherry Heering
- ½ oz gin
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.