The Astor Martini


by Raul Faria

The Astor Martini is cocktail #19 in the Joy of Mixology book by Gaz Regan. It’s a fairly straightforward combination of Ketel One vodka, Campari and grapefruit juice. It’s citrusy, tart and very refreshing. This is a fun canvas for experimentation and modification like adding some Peychaud’s bitters, or maybe swapping in a flavored Ketel One like Citroen, maybe garnishing with a citrus peel, like lemon or grapefruit. Box of crayons and a blank piece of paper! For now let’s make the classic Astor Martini as presented in the book shall we?

1) Lets get our tools together; we will need our Boston Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer, our Citrus Press, a Jigger with a 1 oz and .5 oz measure and a 8-10 oz Cocktail Glass. Optional tool will be a Double-Strainer. Our Shopping list will be Ketel One Vodka, Campari and Grapefruits.

2) We will need to get our prep done first-

Grapefruit Juice- Get a grapefruit and juice it! Prep done. Now we can juice two ways, the first being to simply utilize a juicer, the other would be to cut the grapefruit into squeezable pieces and use your citrus press to juice. Optionally we can utilize the double-strainer to catch any pulp or seeds. Now if you’re asking yourself “Why don’t I just buy the juice from a store?” Cuz store bought grapefruit sucks. Period. One noted exception is Perricone brand fresh grapefruit juice. We use this brand at the bar and it is the closest to fresh I’ve come across.

3) Now let’s add our 1 oz of fresh grapefruit juice to our mixing glass.

4) Next up will be the star of the show, 2 oz of Ketel One Vodka. This Vodka is produced by the Nolet family of the Netherlands and they have been distilling for over 300 years passing on the family business from generation to generation. The Vodka recipe we enjoy today was developed in 1983 by Carolus Nolet Sr. and is distilled from wheat, column distilled then its blended with copper pot distilled vodka by the Master Blender and finally charcoal filtered. Each production run is tasted and approved by a Nolet family member before it can be bottled. Wondering what Ketel One means? Well it’s in reference to the original copper pot still that is depicted on the bottle, known as “distilleerketel #1”.

5) Lets add .5 oz of Campari. We love Campari here at Mixology Made Simple because of its funky, bitter, spiced, orange flavor and its versatility in mixing cocktails.

6) Time to add ice and shake! Strain into our chilled, 8-10 oz cocktail glass. Enjoy.

Check out our video walkthrough of the Astor Martini here on our YouTube channel.

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