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Black-Tie Martinis

Makes3 drinks
  • Active time:5 min
  • Start to finish:20 min
October 2008
  • 9 oz (1 cup plus 2 Tbsp) gin or vodka
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish:

    lemon twist
  • Combine gin and peppercorns, then let stand 15 minutes.
  • Stir together 1/2 tsp finely ground pepper and 1/2 tsp salt on a plate. Wet rim of 1 Martini glass with your fingertip and dip in salt mixture, rotating glass to coat rim. Repeat with 2 more glasses.
  • Strain gin through a fine-mesh sieve into a 16-oz cocktail shaker three-fourths full of ice. Add vermouth and bitters and stir 15 seconds. Strain into Martini glasses.
Cooks’ note: We’ve also got a web-exclusive recipe using the leftover Angostura bitters.
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