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#1 Timothy B.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:41 PM

While living in England, my friend was introduced to the "Dry Martini with Lemonade". It became her cocktail of choice.

(I start taking 3rd-person dictation for the following...)

Since she's moved to California, she has been sadly disappointed to find that American bartenders obviously don't know their business. She has nearly abandoned the search. The quest. For the dry martini with lemonade.

(That's what I get for trying to mix a martini for her!)

Anyway, she says the British version is sweeter and yummier. Is it because dry means more vermouth in one country and less in the other?

Any suggestions for a recipe? Or a clue?

Thanks,

--- T
(I've tried searching the forum, but no luck.)

Edited by Timothy B., 19 July 2011 - 09:43 PM.


#2 Brian Robinson

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:21 AM

You could be right about the vermouth. A dry martini in the states has evolved into a vermouth rinsed glass. I don't know what it is in the UK, but my guess is that it's not as radical.
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#3 ejellest

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:02 AM

First off, in the UK, "Lemonade" is a fizzy lemon flavored soft drink.

You can some times find the schweppes version of lemonade in stores that stock UK food imports, but it isn't going to be behind the bar in the US. My impression is 7-Up isn't a very good substitute.

Without more information, I'm not sure about the makeup of the drink.

"Martini" in the UK sometimes just refers to the brand of vermouth. This is often a point of confusion for US residents who order Martinis in the UK, and get a big glass of Dry Vermouth.

By that logic, ordering a "Dry Martini with Lemonade" might just be dry vermouth with lemon soda.

But, you'd have to ask a UK bartender to be sure. If you're at Tales Brian, give one of them a nudge.

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Edited by ejellest, 20 July 2011 - 08:03 AM.

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#4 Lalaslair

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:26 AM

If you can't find lemon soda try mixing lemon drink mix and seltzer water.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:30 AM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:46 PM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:06 PM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:41 PM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:47 PM

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:39 PM

Hehehe!

It is interesting learning about the differences in cocktails across the pond. Especially, the martini.

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#12 Timothy B.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:10 PM

Brian, Erik - Thanks for the tips.

I bought some sparkling lemonade to try out. (Now I just need a woman over here to get drunk... err... to help me test recipes.)

So there is a brand of vermouth called "Martini"? Hmmm... Yeah, I see how it could be the Brit equivalent of Jack and Coke.

Now I have one bottle clear vermouth that's labeled "dry" and two bottles of red vermouth, one of which is labeled "sweet". (Toddles off to wikipedia.) Wow - it's named after wormwood!

--- T
(p.s. I just tried half and half sparkling lemonade and dry vermouth. For me it was okay - much like the mango lemonade and sake that I would take to ren faire. Will have to see how herself likes it.)

Edited by Timothy B., 21 July 2011 - 10:26 PM.


#13 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:38 PM

I found this Mini combination, so it indeed looks like ejillest was spot-on in that it is Martini brand vermouth with Schwepps Lemonade. link

#14 Timothy B.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:16 PM

The verdict was "Yum!".

Sparkling lemonade from Trader Joe's may not be quite the same as Schwepps, but mixed half and half with Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, it apparently does the job...

Thanks again!

--- T


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