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Zaza
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The Zaza is a classic cocktail that exudes simplicity and elegance, blending the clear, piney notes of gin with the sweet, herbal complexities of red vermouth. Originating from the early ... more The Zaza is a classic cocktail that exudes simplicity and elegance, blending the clear, piney notes of gin with the sweet, herbal complexities of red vermouth. Originating from the early 20th century, this drink is a variation of the more widely known Dubonnet Cocktail. The Zaza offers a harmonious balance between its two primary ingredients, resulting in a sophisticated, aromatic flavor profile which is often enhanced by the subtle nuance of an orange twist garnish, lending a citrusy brightness to the overall experience. Served in a cocktail glass, the Zaza delivers a refined and approachable option for aficionados of gin-based cocktails.
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Red vermouth
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Orange
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26.29% | 2.76 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Zaza dazzles as a beautifully balanced cocktail, where the piney crispness of gin meets the herbal sweetness of red vermouth. It's a minimalist's dream, proving that elegance often lies in simplicity, enhanced further by a bright orange twist.

Method
How to make a Zaza

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice; shake well
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with twist of orange, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Zaza cocktail?

The Zaza cocktail, also known as a Dubonnet Cocktail, has its origins in the early 20th century. It is a classic cocktail that combines gin with Dubonnet, a sweet, aromatized wine-based aperitif. While not as widely known as some other classic cocktails, the Zaza has a history of being appreciated by those who favor the unique blend of gin's botanicals with the rich, herbal sweetness of Dubonnet or red vermouth.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Zaza cocktail?

The Zaza cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to preserve its cold temperature, enhancing the flavors of the gin and red vermouth. For optimal enjoyment, ensure it's well-shaken but not stirred, as the recipe details, to perfectly blend the ingredients while maintaining a smooth texture.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in a Zaza cocktail?

Yes, while the traditional Zaza cocktail calls for red vermouth, you can substitute it with Dubonnet or another type of sweet vermouth depending on your taste preference or availability. The key is to maintain the balance between the botanicals of the gin and the sweetness of the vermouth to keep the spirit of the Zaza intact.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Zaza compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of approximately 26.29%, the Zaza cocktail is moderately strong. It's comparable to other classic cocktails like the Martini or the Manhattan, which also have a significant alcohol content due to their primary spirits. However, it might be slightly less potent than cocktails with higher proof spirits or those served in larger volumes.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are suited for a Zaza cocktail?

The Zaza cocktail, with its sophisticated blend of gin and red vermouth, is perfectly suited for evening events or dinner parties where classic cocktails are appreciated. Its elegant presentation and rich history make it a great choice for those looking to impress guests with a less commonly known but classic drink option.

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