Did you know vodka is the most consumed liquor in the United States? I did, because it is all being consumed by my circle of friends. Joking, of course (or am I?)…now critically acclaimed cocktail guru Tony Abou-Ganim (Author of Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails - and soon to be my new BFF) has turned our attention towards renewing our appreciation for this oft-maligned spirit.
My taste buds have found the yellow brick road to happiness with this delectable recipe, The Wizard.
Recipe: The Wizard
The Wizard benefits from a robust vodka with lots of character. I look to the old-world
vodkas of Eastern Europe, those made from rye or potato.
In an ice-filled mixing glass add vodka, Cinzano Bianco, Yellow Chartreuse, and orange
bitters; stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled, small (Nick & Nora–sized) cocktail
glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
(21+ – please drink responsibly)
ABOUT TONY: Tony Abou-Ganim grew up in the bar business, learning the craft from his cousin
Helen David at the Brass Rail Bar in Port Huron, Michigan, before going on to develop cocktail programs for numerous restaurants in San Francisco (working with Harry Denton) and New York (working with Mario Batali) and at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He operates his own beverage consulting firm and also serves as the national ambassador of the U.S. Bartenders Guild. Mary Elizabeth Faulkner is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay area.