Sometimes a cocktail does this crazy little dance with the taste buds that tangos between lush and ‘what the hell just happened.’ I give you the Napoleon Martini. There is rich red vermouth sweetness at the forefront immediately followed by a splash of minty Fernet Branca. This perplexing twist of flavor irony captures the entire meaning of Happy Hour within seconds. Not many cocktails capture this little magical twist of disentanglement from the predictable.

Napoleon Martini - Gin - Fernet Branca - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinNapoleon Martini

2 ounces Gin

1/4 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1/4 ounce Fernet Branca

Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh lemon twist.

Notation: If the Fernet Branca is a little too much for you taste, go just a little less than 1/4 ounce. 1/8 ounce is just not enough to notice. For something a little richer in flavor, exchange Dubonnet Rouge for Carpano Antica Formula.

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Napoleon Martini Is Happy Hour Dynamite
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