New Deal Old Tom Gin
In a shocking turn of events, no martini for me today. Instead, I went the softer route and got out one of my Old Tom gins. This one is local, from New Deal Distillery in Portland. Their Old Tom appears to be a limited edition, and I cannot find it on their website anymore. Well, well, well.
Old Tom, as Wikipedia reminds us, is sweeter than London Dry, but slightly drier than the Dutch Jenever, thus is sometimes called “the missing link”.
I assure you this is a lot sweeter than a London Dry, and I bought it precisely because of its buttery smoothness – if this thing could play the sax, it’d make Kenny G sound like bebop. The cask aroma has taken away any harshness there might have been.
Appropriately, I made a Martinez cocktail. Jerry Thomas’ 1887 Bartender’s Guide describes it as:
(Use small bar-glass.)
- Take 1 dash of Boker’s bitters.
- 2 dashes of Maraschino.
- 1 pony of Old Tom gin.
- 1 wine-glass of Vermouth.
- 2 small lumps of ice.
Shake up thoroughly, and strain into a large cock- tail glass. Put a quarter of a slice of lemon in the glass, and serve. If the guest prefers it very sweet, add two dashes of gum syrup.
I am not even a fan of Old Toms, given how much I usually enjoy bone dry martinis. But this one is a special treat. Well done, New Deal.