*** This precursor to the Martini is a celebration of gin and sweet vermouth. What makes this cocktail perfectly well rounded is the addition of Maraschino liqueur and aromatic bitters.
*** We made these bitters for the first time when we were experimenting with flavor profiles that would benefit a nice aged tequila. We love the warming depth of Mexican chocolate. It's mix of baking spice and chili pepper result in a satisfying complexity.
*** If you crack an old cocktail book you're liable to notice two bitters appear frequently. The first, Aromatic will always be the most prevalent, but right behind it is Orange. Good orange bitters are hard to come by but they are quintessential to any bar. This recipe is deceptively simple.