The expression, “Don’t Try This at Home” does *not* apply here. As a matter of fact, *only* try this at home. If you are a Gin drinker, or love a good Martini, you might want to experiment with this one, “The Tailspin”.
Seriously, this one kicks our ass, and should be reserved for “special occasions” only.
I first found this cocktail on Robert Hess’ excellent site, drinkboy.com .
Here are the “Players”:
Basically it’s equal parts Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Green Chartreuse, with a splash of Campari.
- 3/4 ounce Gin
- 3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
- dash (we do a splash) Campari
Pour all into shaker of ice, and strain into Martini glass. Garnish with Cherry. (Wifey likes a dash of cherry juice from the jar – it’s a girlie thing).
Sort of a cross between a Bijou and a Negroni, the Tailspin represents an interesting combination of flavors. Myself, I love both Campari and Chartreuse, so it is no surprise that this might be something I would gravitate towards, but I can easily understand how some might cringe just a little at this drink.
Be sure to check out some of the many cocktail videos Robert has on The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
He truly is a cocktail guru!
And finally, as for The Tailspin, Robert says: “Give it a try, if you are brave enough.”