Ever feel like a martini but want something different? Try the Jupiter Cocktail:
- 1.50 ounces gin
- 0.75 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 teaspoon Parfait Amour
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass.
Okay, to be honest, I made this cocktail because I wanted to say “neener, neener – I have Parfait Amour and you don’t”.
A couple of the drinks in the book call for it, and on a recent trip to DC I was able to buy some. In the US it is available from Marie Brizard, and it is a curaçao-based liqueur with other floral flavors.
Often used as a dainty cordial aimed at women, Dr. Cocktail admonishes us to use the Parfait Amour (which means “perfect love”) in the exact proportions listed above. While I always strive to measure these drinks properly (I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like in most cases so I want to recreate what the author intended as closely as possible), this time I made doubly sure to measure accurately.
With it’s two parts gin to one part dry vermouth, the base for this cocktail is obviously a martini. In the version I made, the Parfait Amour didn’t change the color of the drink much as all, but its impact was in the taste: it was one of the smoothest martinis I’ve ever experienced. Seriously, I smiled involuntarily when the usual aftertaste just wasn’t there. Instead it finished as smooth as it started.