2 oz. The Botanist Gin,
.75 oz. Dolin Blanc,
5 drops Mt. Olympus Flowers Tincture*
Chad Walsh /// The Dutch /// NYC
*Flower tincture: Steep the flowers in a rectified spirit, I use Spirytus, an over-proof Polish vodka, until it’s a vivid green color /// The ratio and steep time depends on how intense the flowers are, but it’s usually about a quarter-pound of flowers for every 750mL of vodka for about four days/// Once strained, dilute to one part spirit, three parts water.
My go to cocktail at home (a tiny studio in what I’ve taken to call the Lower East Side Mews, which sounds much nicer than it actually is), when I’m so inclined, is a wet Martini. Taking an excellent dry gin like Botanist, with a bit of Dolin Blanc– not Dry, but the sweet, white version of the famed Chambery vermouth producer– is an excellent antidote to the daily struggle. A few drops of a tincture made from Mount Olympus flowers, also known as Sideritis, provides an ethereal green, an extra floral and grassy complexity, and, perhaps, some of the health benefits long associated with the plant (everything from preventing sickness to aiding digestion).