Il Santo

Karen Grill was tending bar there when a guest asked her, "What's the point of vermouth?" Her response was this nicely dry nightcap that combines two kinds of vermouth. Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 

Il Santo
Photo: © Lucas Allen
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

  • Ice

  • 1/2 ounce absinthe

  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish

  • 1 orange twist, preferably spiral-cut, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, combine the sweet and dry vermouths with the bitters. Fill the glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and float the absinthe on top, slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon near the drink’s surface. Garnish with the mint sprig and orange twist.

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