French Tuxedo

Benjamin Krick, Juniper Tar | San Antonio, TX

Coating the interior of the glass with a particularly aromatic spirit before the drink is poured means extra fragrance even before the glass is lifted for a sip. (Plus, it adds a little extra flavor, and proof, to the finished cocktail.) While absinthe is usually the go-to rinsing agent, at San Antonio’s Juniper Tar, caraway-accented kümmel adds extra aroma to a vodka-based variation on the classic Tuxedo, eventually melding into the drink and creating the effect of a spiced gin, hold the juniper.


Serving: 1

  • kümmel rinse
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce fino sherry
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Garnish: demitasse spoon of caviar

  1. Pour the kümmel into a Nick & Nora glass.
  2. Wwirl to coat the interior, then pour out the excess liquid and set aside.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Serve with a demitasse spoon of caviar on the side.