This cocktail is an interesting variation of a Martini.  I fell in love with it immediately when I had it with Garret Richard at Slowly Shirley in Manhattan. It has the allure and bite of a martini, while still being offset by the sweet herbal liqueur of Kümmel, a clear Scandinavian spirit flavored with caraway.

This 1917 recipe refers to World War I allies of England represented by the gin, France represented by the vermouth, and Russia represented by the kümmel).


  • 1.5 ounces Gin (Perry Tot’s Navy Strength)
  • 1.5 ounces dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Kümmel (Gilka)

Stir well with plenty of ice in a mixing glass.  Strain into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass.