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Ford
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The Ford cocktail is a classic and sophisticated choice that combines the crisp, botanical notes of dry gin with the sweet, herbal undertones of DOM Benedictine. The addition of white ... more The Ford cocktail is a classic and sophisticated choice that combines the crisp, botanical notes of dry gin with the sweet, herbal undertones of DOM Benedictine. The addition of white vermouth complements this mix by adding a slightly bitter, aromatic quality, while a couple of dashes of orange bitters introduce a zesty, citrusy finish. Served in a cocktail glass, the Ford offers a harmonious balance between sweet and bitter, making it an elegant and refined choice for those who appreciate the nuanced flavors of a well-crafted cocktail. This drink stands out for its timeless appeal and complex flavor profile, appealing to connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.
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Base ingredient
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Dry gin
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32.8% | 3.28 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Ford cocktail is a beautifully orchestrated symphony of flavors, where the botanical crispness of dry gin meets the enchanting herbal sweetness of DOM Benedictine. The addition of white vermouth brings a refined bitterness that balances the drink exquisitely, while the orange bitters add a bright and inviting citrus kick, making this cocktail a timeless choice for those with a palate for complex, layered beverages.

Method
How to make a Ford

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by combining all your ingredients into a mixing glass filled halfway with ice
With a long spoon, stir everything together for around 10-15 seconds, ensuring a well-blended mixture
Once stirred, promptly strain the mixture to remove ice pieces, pouring it into a glass that has been chilled in advance
This chilling process before serving helps to enhance the cocktail's overall flavor and texture
Enjoy your perfectly stirred and served delight, ideally sipped slowly to fully appreciate its crafted flavors

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Ford cocktail?

The Ford cocktail dates back to the early 20th century, around the 1890s. It gained popularity for its unique blend of ingredients that was considered ahead of its time. The cocktail was named after a well-known individual or establishment at the time, though the exact origins of the name remain somewhat obscure. It reflects the era's experimentation with imported liqueurs and bitters, making it a classic representative of pre-Prohibition cocktail culture.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should the Ford cocktail be served to best enjoy its flavors?

The Ford cocktail should be served cold in a cocktail glass, without shaking or stirring the mixture too vigorously to maintain its clarity and distinct layers of flavor. The use of a cocktail glass helps to concentrate the aromatics, enhancing the drinking experience. Garnishing with an orange twist or a cherry can add a subtle, additional layer of flavor and aroma.

FAQ

Can the Ford cocktail be considered a good choice for someone new to cocktails?

Yes, the Ford cocktail can be a good choice for those new to cocktails, especially those who appreciate spirits like gin. Its alcohol content is moderate, and it offers a balanced mix of botanical, herbal, and citrus notes. This cocktail provides an excellent opportunity to explore the nuances of flavor that cocktails can offer without being overwhelming.

FAQ

What is the significance of the ingredients like DOM Benedictine in the Ford cocktail?

DOM Benedictine is a key ingredient in the Ford cocktail, adding a layer of complexity with its herbal, spicy, and sweet flavors. This French herbal liqueur, made from a blend of 27 different herbs and spices, brings depth and a slight sweetness that balances the dryness of the gin and vermouth. Its inclusion is significant for contributing to the cocktail's unique flavor profile, making it stand out among other gin-based cocktails.

FAQ

Are there any variations of the Ford cocktail that I can try?

Yes, there are variations of the Ford cocktail that explore different flavor profiles or adjust the intensity. One common variation involves altering the ratio of gin to vermouth for those who prefer a drier or sweeter taste. Another variation includes adding a splash of lemon juice or replacing orange bitters with another type of bitters for a different aromatic experience. Experimenting with different brands of gin or vermouth can also create subtle variations in flavor.

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