Cocktails & Recipies

The Debutante

By Martin Wood at Seven Dining in Christchurch

Smokey, spicy, dark chocolate-dipped cherries in a glass.

  • 45ml 144 Islands Sweet Vermouth #2
  • 30ml Wild Turkey Rye Whisky
  • 10ml Campari
  • 5ml Aged Single Malt Whisky (Ardbeg 10YO)

  1. Stir the first three ingredients with ice and strain
  2. Float the single malt with a barspoon
  3. Serve in a chilled coup with a maraschino cherry or wedge of orange.

“Smokey, spicy, dark chocolate-dipped cherries in a glass. This is the drink closest to my heart and the one I’d likely order multitudes of. Everything in the glass is there to support the flavours present in the vermouth. The Scotch can be omitted and it still tastes good but the Ardbeg really ties it together. Rich and complex.”

144 Islands Vermouth No.2

Vermouth No 2. by 144 Islands is a red base wine of Syrah. Fortified to 22% abv with grain-based spirit, approx. 190 g/L residual sugar. Kerikeri Navel Oranges, Totara Bark, Pohutukawa, Kauri, Northern Rata, Kahikatea and Matai locally sourced or foraged by hand by owner, Jake and his son Remy. Botanicals macerated in alcohol, then distilled through rotary evaporation and added back to base wine at fortification.