New to the United States, Nemiroff vodka is not new to the world. This high quality spirit has an impressive pedigree, with a century of tradition behind it. It is an excellent vodka, for sipping with friends or adding to cocktails.
Dick Bradsell was approached by a young lady in his London bar with one request: give her something that will "wake me up and [expletive] me up." This cocktail is the one he created in his London bar for that purpose. While I may disagree with this being a Martini, I understand why it was named as such. Considering the flavor profile, I can give it a pass.
Vodka, after enjoying a robust run in the 1980's and 90's, fell sharply off the radar as the millennium approached. The lack of flavor that drove its popularity became a liability as bartenders and mixologists looked to classic cocktails for inspiration. Fewer ingredients and smaller cocktails became the norm, so every piece had to pull its weight. The Celery Cider in Saveur Magazine brings some savory flavor to vodka, creating a profile that #100DaysOfCocktails is eager to try.
Pépa Bonafé was a silent screen actress for sixteen years. Her most famous role, however, may be the subject of a poster for Art Deco artist Jean Carlu. She is also the namesake of a vermouth based cocktail from Saveur Magazine. It is fortified with cognac and vodka, which #100DaysOfCocktails discovered creates a smooth ride at the end of every sip.
Sex and The City made the Cosmopolitan a staple of the late 1990's and early 2000's bar scene. It was polished up by Dale DeGroff in the Rainbow Room and served to stars like Madonna, but it has its roots far before those luminaries put there hands on it. #100DaysOfCocktails ends the classic period with a very modern classic.