Turf Club Martini

Unlike a martini that traditionally leans on dry gin and vermouth, the Turf Club Cocktail is slightly sweet from adding maraschino liqueur, an aromatic liqueur distilled from cherries. This recipe from Brooklyn's retro mainstay Gage & Tollner leans on sweet and fresh orange to balance the juniper-forward gin. When the orange slice is expressed and stirred in the mixing glass, it adds a bit of sweet juice and a welcome of bitterness from the rind. Double-straining the cocktail through a fine mesh sieve will produce a gorgeous, clarified drink.

Turf Club Cocktail


5 tablespoons (2 ½ ounces) Junipero Gin
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Dolin Dry Vermouth
½ teaspoon maraschino liqueur (such as Luxardo)
¼ teaspoon Absinthia Absinthe Verte
1 round orange slice
Lemon twist, for garnish


Combine gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur and Absinthia Absinthe Verte in a mixing glass. Express the orange slice into the mixing glass. Add expressed orange slice and ice to the mixing glass. Stir until well chilled. Double strain about 2 1/2 ounces of the mixture into a chilled, straight-sided martini glass. Strain remaining mixture into a sidecar decanter; discard orange slice. Garnish cocktail with a lemon twist. Keep the sidecar chilled in an ice filled glass.

Absinthia Absinthe Verte

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