3-Ingredient Happy Hour: Julia Child’s Favourite Martini

3-Ingredient Happy Hour: Julia Child’s Favourite Martini

Happy Sunday, my friends and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. I’m off to France to take cooking lessons, so I thought I’d celebrate with Julia Child’s favourite cocktail: the upside-down martini.

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There is some debate over the vermouth-to-gin ratio in the drink, but Julia is said to have enjoyed a very wet ratio of five parts vermouth to one part gin. It’s a decidedly refreshing and unfussy drink, built and served in a wine glass over crushed ice.

Given that it’s mostly dry vermouth, you’re going to want to make sure you use a good one; Noilly Prat being Child’s choice. To make this refreshing, low-proof sipper, you will need:

  • 70mL good, dry vermouth
  • 15mL gin (I like to use something with a strong botanical flavour)
  • A strip of lemon zest

Combine vermouth and gin in a wine glass with a large handful of crushed ice and give it a little stir. Express the oils from the zest over the glass, and rub it around the rib before tossing it in.