Legend has it that a Knickerbocker bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia served hotel regular John D. Rockefeller an “unfamiliar concoction” in 1906. He loved the drink, and dubbed it the “martini” after its creator.
Since then, the drink has become the King of Cocktails. Today, Karma Jamyang, our head bartender at Charlie Palmer at the Knick, is showing us how to make the reinvented Knickerbocker Martini.
THE KNICKERBOCKER MARTINI
2 ounces Tanqueray 10
¾ ounce of dry vermouth
½ ounce of sweet vermouth
Dash orange bitters
Dash citrus bitters
Lemon peel, for garnish
Combine Tanqueray 10, dry and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass.
“This is one of our most requested cocktails” Jamyang says.
Add two dashes of orange and citrus bitters, add ice and stir.
“The orange and citrus bitters gives the drink a nice finish, and lend a hint of sweetness to the cocktail.” The Knickerbocker Martini is well-balanced and mellow, sweeter than the classic martini.
Garnish with lemon and serve.
And here it is, the legendary Knickerbocker Martini. We invite you to join us here at Charlie Palmer at The Knick to try the classic cocktail yourself!