When life hands you lemons, make a Django Reinhardt. This low ABV cocktail from bartender Erick Castro celebrates pioneering Romani jazz guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt (1910 – 1953). Django is celebrated in the jazz world for developing an entirely new style of guitar that influenced generations, in spite of severe burn injuries that paralyzed his left ring and fifth fingers.
A trailblazing spirit in the cocktail world, Vya Extra Dry Vermouth’s fresh herbaceous profile amplifies the brightness of lemon juice while soothing its sour side a touch, like two dance partners jiving in harmony to Django’s jazz. Fresh, upbeat and lively, nothing about this low-ABV cocktail and aperitif is a downer.
3 oz. Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
3 orange slices
1. Combine Vya Extra Dry, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 2 of the orange slices in a cocktail shaker.
2. Muddle to break down the orange. Add ice, cover, and shake to chill.
3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with remaining orange slice.
Bright and lively
Fresh and herbaceous
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