THE BEST BOTTLES TO BUY FOR YOUR HOME BAR
With more commercial and artisanal brands on the market, which should you reach for when mixing martinis at home? It depends on your taste and budget. If it’s gin you’re after, Nick Detrich, owner of Cane & Table in New Orleans, recommends the combo of Brooklyn gin and Yzaguirre dry vermouth. “With the amount of fresh citrus in the gin, it makes for a refreshing drink that’s still well textured,” he says. When it comes to vodka, Jim Kearns, partner at Slowly Shirley in New York, likes to pair it with a split of Dolin blanc and dry vermouths. “You get the best of both worlds,” Kearns says. “Blanc vermouth plays uniquely well with vodka. Aylesbury Duck vodka is the best on the market, as well as a fantastic value for the quality.” For supermarket shoppers, Tanqueray gin holds up well to more vermouth. And Stolichnaya, a Roger Moore Bond favorite, is the equally reliable counterpart for vodka lovers.
VOL. 39, CHICAGO
Head bartender Jess Lambert offers half a dozen martini incarnations at this clubby hideaway inside Chicago’s Kimpton Gray Hotel. Try the elevated classic made with Fords Gin, Dolin blanc vermouth and orange bitters.