Instead of the traditional recipe with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, this extra-boozy version calls for a heavier hand of gin. Really good gin, in fact.
Fords Gin is distilled in London at Thames Distillers, and is a collaboration between 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford of The 86 Co. The mix of 9 botanicals starts with a traditional backbone base of juniper & coriander seed that's balanced with citrus (bitter orange, lemon & grapefruit peels), floral (jasmine flower & orris) and spice (angelica & cassia). The botanicals are steeped for 15 hours before distillation in 500 liter stills. The result is a gin custom-made for mixing into cocktails.
So let's go ahead and make this one!
cocktail mixing glass
Combine Fords Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica and grapefruit bitters in a cocktail mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon peel.