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A martini for spring

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2oz gin, Tanqueray for me
2/3oz Lillet Blanc
Dash grapefruit bitters, optional
Lemon peel

Stir in a pint glass with ice, strain and serve up, with a wide swath of lemon peel, skin the excess pith and express the oils over the rim and surface of the drink. The Lillet, our vermouth stand-in, is more citrusy and fragrant than your standard Martini and Rossi and especially the more herbal Noilly Prat. So go easy on the grapefruit bitters, just one healthy dash will do.

It's bright, fresh and simple. One imagines it Jordan Baker in her tennis whites drinking it on Tom and Daisy Buchanan's porch.

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