Exotica
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Exotica
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The cocktail named Exotica is a refreshing and colorful drink that balances the botanical notes of gin with the bitterness of Campari and the herbal sweetness of red vermouth. These ... more The cocktail named Exotica is a refreshing and colorful drink that balances the botanical notes of gin with the bitterness of Campari and the herbal sweetness of red vermouth. These spirits are harmoniously blended with the fizz and tang of lemonade to create a beverage that is both invigorating and complex in flavor. Typically served in a lowball glass, this cocktail offers a visual appeal with its vibrant hues, making it not only a delight for the palate but also for the eyes. Its relatively low alcohol content makes it a suitable choice for those seeking a milder cocktail experience, perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or at a casual social gathering.
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Gin
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3.6% | 1.26 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
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Method
How to make a Exotica

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Measure the alcohol into a short glass over ice and top with lemonade
Give it a quick stir before serving

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Exotica cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Exotica is stirred instead of shaken to ensure a smooth texture and to prevent over-dilution of the drink. Stirring gently combines the gin, Campari, and red vermouth with ice to cool the drink while maintaining its integrity and clarity, which is ideal for the nuanced flavors of the ingredients used in this cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is best for serving the Exotica, and can I use something else if I don't have a lowball glass?

The Exotica is traditionally served in a lowball glass, which is perfect for cocktails that are served without ice or with a large single ice cube, as it enhances the aesthetic and the drinking experience. However, if you don't have a lowball glass, you can use any short tumbler or even a stemless wine glass as a substitute, keeping in mind to preserve the volume and presentation style of the drink.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish works well with the Exotica to enhance its flavors?

A slice of orange or a twist of orange peel works excellently as a garnish for the Exotica. The citrus notes from the orange complement the bitterness of the Campari and the herbal qualities of the gin and vermouth, adding a fresh aroma and a slight sweet touch that balances the drink's overall profile.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Exotica if I don't have them available?

Yes, you can substitute ingredients in the Exotica with careful consideration. If you don't have Campari, you can use another bitter aperitif like Aperol for a slightly sweeter and less bitter profile. If red vermouth is unavailable, a white vermouth could be used for a lighter take, though it will alter the traditional flavor profile. Always aim to maintain the balance between sweet, bitter, and sour components when substituting ingredients.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Exotica compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 3.6%, the Exotica is relatively lower in alcohol compared to many classic cocktails. For example, a classic Martini or a Manhattan typically has an alcohol content ranging from 20-30%, making the Exotica a lighter option. Its lower alcohol content makes it a great choice for occasions where you prefer a milder cocktail that allows you to enjoy several drinks over a longer period without overwhelming the palate.

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