You know the feeling when you're one ingredient away from nailing down a delicious cocktail recipe? That was the experience I had when creating "The Upper West Side," a riff on the classic Martinez. Today's vast variety of gins (from Old Tom to London Dry) and sweet vermouths (from Carpano Antica to Punt e Mes) gives mixologists a plethora of flavor profiles to choose from, so as always, it all comes down to your personal preference.
Named after its place of origin, this cocktail highlights a drier, juniper-forward gin, complemented by the traditional ingredients used in a Martinez and modified with an addition of the robustly botanical, herbal Fernet-Branca.
The classic Martinez recipe calls for Boker's bitters (the original is no longer in existence), but I substituted with Angostura bitters. This riff provides a bit more depth with the addition of Fernet, and the balance of flavors should leave any enthusiast eager to try.
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