Big Ten football may not be terribly popular amongst doctoral musicology students (with one notable exception in our program, at least), but hardly anyone is anti-gin. Here's hoping this zippy cocktail will help earn us some new friends in Michigan!
Purity of the Turf
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz Dolin dry vermouth
1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice; stir until chilled. Strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass; garnish with an orange peel.
Notes: This cocktail is a rhubard-infused take on a classic Martinez (which I especially like with tequila) is fresh and spirited. To make rhubard syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan with 4 parts chopped rhubarb. Simmer until deep pink, then let cool and strain.
Image by Daniel Krieger.