When you want to drink a Martini, but don’t want to feel like you drank a Martini, opt for the 50/50. The cocktail takes its name from its proportions, equal parts gin and dry vermouth. This refreshing combo significantly lowers the drink’s ABV and intensifies its zesty, herbal vermouth flavors. Because it’s much more prominent here than in a classic Martini, make sure you opt for a really great dry vermouth and double check that it’s still fresh—you remembered to store the bottle in the fridge and not on the bar, right?
This sherry-based aperitif was created in the 1860s at the Waldorf-Astoria in honor of Adonis, an extremely popular Broadway burlesque musical at the time about a hunky male statue who (spoiler alert) comes to life only to find humanity so unbearable that he chooses to turn back to stone. Were he to have been given this velvety cocktail, he might h...