How To Make A Knickerbocker Cocktail

If you're a lover of Gin, a Knickerbocker cocktail is probably going to delight you. With a mixture of vermouths (both sweet and dry) and topped with a citrusy lemon peel, the Knickerbocker cocktail is a delightful player at any cocktail party. Serve this delicious concoction with trays or hors d'euvres such as stacks of crackers and cheese and piles of olives or sweet pickles.

To make a Knickerbocker cocktail, you will need:

  • A martini shaker
  • A chilled martini glass
  • Ice
  • Two ounces of the best quality of gin available. Do not try to use a lesser gin. Go for Bombay Sapphire or Seagram's Ten. You won't be sorry.
  • One teaspoon sweet vermouth
  • Three-quarter ounce dry vermouth
  • A lemon peel (the thicker the peel, the more lemony the drink flavor)
  1. Add enough ice to fill the martini shaker half full.
  2. Add in the gin and sweet and dry vermouths.
  3. Shake vigorously at least 45 seconds. You want small pieces of ice floating on the top of the drink when you strain it into the martini glass.
  4. Twist the lemon peel to release the citrus oil and run the peel along the top of the martini glass rim.
  5. Strain your Knickerbocker cocktail into the martini glass. Twist the lemon peel in the other direction and drop into the glass. Sip and enjoy.

Note: If you prefer a less sweet drink, simply swirl the sweet vermouth in the martini glass and dump it out. Do not put additional sweet vermouth into the cocktail shaker when you're making the Knickerbocker. The swirl and dump method is just right for the driest martini too!

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