Fifty Fifty
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Fifty Fifty
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The Fifty Fifty cocktail is a classic blend of equal parts gin and red vermouth, making it a perfect balance of herbal and dry flavors. The origins of this drink ... more The Fifty Fifty cocktail is a classic blend of equal parts gin and red vermouth, making it a perfect balance of herbal and dry flavors. The origins of this drink can be traced back to the early 20th century in Italy, where the red vermouth was first produced. The cocktail became popular in the United States during the Prohibition era, as it was a simple and easy-to-make drink that could be enjoyed both at home and at speakeasies. The botanical notes of the gin and the sweet, fortified wine of the red vermouth come together to create a smooth and well-rounded drink. It is typically served in a chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a lemon twist or olive. With its simplicity and complexity, the Fifty Fifty cocktail continues to be a beloved choice among cocktail enthusiasts.
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Olive
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28% | 2.52 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Fifty Fifty

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir all the ingredients together in a mixing glass with cracked ice
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an olive and serve

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·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly stir a Fifty Fifty cocktail to ensure it's cold and mixed well?

To properly stir a Fifty Fifty cocktail, fill a mixing glass with ice, then add the gin and red vermouth. Use a long bar spoon to stir the cocktail for about 30 to 45 seconds, ensuring that the beverage is chilled and the ingredients are well integrated. Strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glassware for serving a Fifty Fifty cocktail?

A Fifty Fifty cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. This type of glass, also known as a martini glass, complements the aesthetics and the cold temperature of the drink, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can you substitute gin with another spirit in a Fifty Fifty cocktail?

While gin is a fundamental ingredient of the Fifty Fifty cocktail, you can substitute it with vodka for a different flavor profile. This creates a variant closer to a Vodka Martini but maintains the equal parts spirit and red vermouth. Note that this substitution significantly alters the classic flavor.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish works best with a Fifty Fifty cocktail?

A lemon twist or an orange peel works best as a garnish for a Fifty Fifty cocktail. The citrus oils expressed over the drink and the rim of the glass add an aromatic dimension that complements the herbal notes of the gin and the sweet, herbal qualities of the red vermouth.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Fifty Fifty cocktail compare to a standard glass of wine?

A Fifty Fifty cocktail has an alcohol content of 28%, which is significantly higher than a standard glass of wine, which typically has an alcohol content between 12% to 15%. This makes the Fifty Fifty a stronger option, emphasizing the importance of pacing and moderation when enjoying.

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