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Recipe: St. George twist on a classic

Photo: Matthew Wyne

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Red Tuxedo

2 oz St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz oloroso sherry

dash aromatic bitters

dash orange bitters

rinse St. George Absinthe Verte

Styles change in drinks just as often as they do in fashion, and the Tuxedo cocktail is a prime example. First appearing in the 1900 edition of Harry Johnson’s Bar Manual, the drink has at least 4 known variations, and the fourth (from the Waldorf Astoria) uses sherry alongside the original’s dry vermouth. Sherry goes beautifully with our wine-barrel aged Dry Rye Repo, especially an off-dry grade like oloroso. The absinthe rinse ties the two together, as do the bitters. This is a Martini variant that is big, rich and unapologetically herbal, hearkening back to the days when a little bit of spice was never enough. To mix, add all ingredients to a mixing glass, fill 3/4 full of ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a twist.

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