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Drink Local // The Montgomery

The Montgomery

Photo by Evan Sung

This staple at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, was named by Ernest Hemingway in honor of the British general who claimed he would only fight the enemy if he had 15 soldiers to their one. The original cocktail was 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth, but today it’s a more manageable 10 to 1 ratio.


2.5 oz. Gordon’s gin
Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth
Ice cubes

Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add 2 drops of extra dry vermouth. Strain out all vermouth and add the gin. Stir and pour into a pre-chilled martini glass (at Harry’s Bar the cocktail is served in a small glass without a stem).

"A good martini has to be dry, icy, undiluted and served in the right amount in the right glass." —Harry’s Bar founder Giuseppe Cipriani

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