The Ephemeral by David Shenaut is an interesting riff of a classic Martini cocktail. By using Old Tom Gin rather than regular gin, and by adding elderflower liqueur this cocktail gets significantly less dry than the original. But then there’s also the single dash of celery bitters that is surprisingly much noticeable in the final outcome.
We love clear cocktails like this one. What might look like a coupe of water immediately surprises you on the first sip. The Ephemeral is boozy, sweet and earthy in a delicious way. We sipped this one slowly, partially because it’s so strong but also because these coupes are tiny. We actually only made one cocktail and then divided it into two servings.
2 oz Old Tom Gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 bar spoon St Germain elderflower liqueur
1 dash celery bitters
Stir with lots of fresh ice and strain a coupe.