A great apéritif for wedding season
Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summer is officially here in the US. And with it comes our Summer Sippin’ Series: We’ll feature a different summer-appropriate drink every week from now through Labor Day. (But we haven’t lost interest in edibles! We’ll still feature at least one food post a week.)
June marks the high season for weddings in the US. So what drink could be more appropriate to launch our series than the Bridal Cocktail?
This drink is actually a take on the original, 19th century Martini, which was much sweeter than today’s version (more about that in the Notes). The modern Dry Martini (a mix of gin and dry vermouth) puts some people off, but the Bridal will appeal to a wider audience. It has as much booze as the Martini, but it contains sweet vermouth, which tames the gin and makes for a smoother drink.
Still, this cocktail is dry enough to serve as an apéritif — its crisp flavor stimulates the appetite and won’t overwhelm the food that follows. So it’s perfect for pre-dinner drinking at engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, or wedding receptions.
Even if you don’t happen to be attending one of those events, this drink is well worth your attention. Its softer flavor is better suited to warm weather than better-known drinks like the modern Martini or Manhattan Cocktail, and it’s a nice change of pace from traditional summer drinks, such as the Classic Daiquiri or the Gin and Tonic.
Best of all, it has a seductive flavor that will make you glad to embrace summer — now that it’s finally here again.