Cocktail Recipe: Dolin & Soda at Rittenhouse Tavern
Late spring weekends practically beg for daytime outdoor sipping, the air fragrant with blossoms and still breezy enough to make the heat of the sun beaming down enjoyable. If you want to make the most of the day, you need a cocktail that won’t slow you down. Newcomer Rittenhouse Tavern recently introduced us to the perfect mix, which we’re featuring as our Drink of the Week in preparation for the gorgeous weekend to come.
Though not a complex recipe, Dolin & Soda is not commonly served in the United States (it’s much more popular in Europe). Vermouth, a flavored, fortified wine, got a bad rep in this country because some of the most well-known brands were not that tasty. The spirit is used as an additive in martinis (dry) or Manhattans (sweet), but rarely enjoyed on its own.
Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has been made from the same basic recipes since 1821, and during the late 19th Century the French spirit won medals in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Paris and London, but then faded from U.S. shores. It recently made a triumphant return to the spotlight, thanks to the craft cocktail renaissance we’re experiencing.
According to importer Alpenz’ website, Dolin Blanc was the very first white vermouth to be developed. French grapes are steeped with macerated plants from the Chambéry region and sweetened with real sugar. The finished product rings in at 32 proof, and when mixed with sparkling soda and a slice of fruit, provide a refreshing drink that can keep you happy all day long.
Instead of a G&T this summer, try out a Dolin & Soda instead. Check out the (easy) recipe below, or head to Rittenhouse Tavern and enjoy one (or a few) in their beautiful courtyard patio.
Dolin & Soda
2 oz. Dolin Blanc
4 oz. soda
Pour Dolin over ice in a highball or rocks glass. Add soda and half a strawberry. Stir.
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