On a recent visit to Chicago, Red found the great craft spirits supporter Ezra's and picked up a bottle of Letherbee Distillers 2015 Vernal Gin, this year's spring seasonal from the producers. Created as an homage to tiki maven Paul McGee, this limited (and likely sold out) release has rich tropical fruit flavors that pleasantly accent traditional gin botanicals making it an ideal mixer for Singapore Slings or many other tiki applications. As luck would have it, it also makes a great martini. If you can find a bottle, buy it. This is not a drill.
- 2 1/4 ounces Letherbee 2015 Vernal Gin
- 3/4 ounce Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- Grilled (or seared) pineapple chunk for garnish
In a mixing glass or pint glass filled with ice, pour in the liquors and stir them for 15 seconds until cold.
Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk.