Turf Club Cocktail Info
The Turf Club is a Martini variant, but it was created long before it. The Turf Club's history is wobbly; the roots can be traced back to the 1870s. We can find the first recipe in 1884; the first published recipe included Old Tom Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Bitters. This means it is almost identical to the Martinez cocktail.
The person who immortalized the recipe was Harry Johnson in his "Bartender's Manual" book. He used the following ingredients: dry vermouth, gin, Maraschino, absinthe, and orange bitters; this is the most common recipe we use today!
The Turf Club drink is crisp and straightforward; it has subtle complexity thanks to small amounts of maraschino liqueur and absinthe. It is more sharply flavored and dry than its sibling, Tuxedo No. 2. The original Johnson's book published the drinks nearly identical. However, in modern times, they have been resurrected in slightly different forms. Although they share similar ingredients, the Tuxedo No. 2 is the most popular version. Due to the use of different types of gin or vermouth, T2 is slightly rounder and sweeter.
Plymouth gin works very well in this drink, but any good London dry gin will work if you don't have it.
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- 60 ml London Dry Gin
- 25 ml Extra Dry Vermouth
- 1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
- 1 dash Absinthe
- 2 dashes Orange Angostura Bitters
- Add the ingredients to a mixing glass.
- Add ice and mix cold.
- Strain into a Martini glass.