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Gin and It: A Cocktail of the Gilded Age

Gin and It

3 parts gin

1 part Italian sweet vermouth

a dash of your favorite bitters (traditionally orange is used)

*serve with shaken and strained through ice into a chilled glass

Imagine a pre-prohibition America. A more simple time in the world than we know it to be today. Quiet, picturesque landscapes free from power lines and paved roads. It was the Gilded Age.  Thomas Edison had invented the first version of a move camera. Conflicts with the Native American’s continued to be fought in the plains. It was a time when tensions were high, a moment ripe for the American craft cocktail to have taken shape.

The IT being short for Italian, this classic drink was a staple most everywhere liquor was slung. Whether gin has its origin is Holland in the 1700’s or in Italy as some rumors suggest, it is certainly the star of the oldest version of a martini. The Italian sweet vermouth makes this whistle wetter different from most versions which feature dry vermouth. Traditionally served without ice, the chilled glass is a delightfully nice touch. Cheers!

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