The Perfect Spring and Summer Martini

A 50/50 Plymouth Gin and Lillet Blanc cocktail makes for the next Aperol Spritz, only with more oomph

A mention of the word martini calls to mind so many personal experiences and associations that the cocktail really means something different to just about every consumer. Whether you’re a vodka or gin drinker, or if you like it citrus-dominant or dirty, or even bone dry, when you order a cocktail, it should be to your flavor expectations. While the CH team each has a specific go-to martini, we were recently introduced to a specific version that made for an ideal warm weather drink. In ways reminiscent of the Aperol Spritz—only replacing the effervescence with a boozier base—it pairs vibrant orange notes and luxuriant sweetness with an undercurrent of botanicals.

The incredibly easy recipe simply calls for Plymouth Gin and Lillet Blanc in equal portions—in essence, a 50/50 martini with Lillet instead of a standard vermouth. According to Robby Nelson, Plymouth Gin’s East Coast brand ambassador and the person who taught us how to mix it all up, there’s really no dedicated name for this iteration—though, he knows individuals who call all 50/50 martinis “Session Martinis.” Nameless, tasty and all-too-easy to make and drink, this cocktail delights and, thanks to its lower alcohol content than other martinis, you don’t have to stop at one.

Session Martini

1.5 oz Plymouth Gin

1.5 oz Lillet Blanc

Combine ingredients. Add ice. Stir gently. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

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