Boston’s first day of spring started with snowstorm, but the white stuff soon melted and the daffodils perked up again. In this blustery, changeable season, I crave a palate cleanser. Enter the Snap, a drink I found in The Bartender’s Guide by Peter Bohrmann (originally published in Germany in 1993). The recipes are organized by type of alcohol (brandy, whiskey, Calvados, etc.). It’s easy to browse according to what bottles you have on hand.
It took me less than five minutes to line up my ingredients: vodka, vermouth, and a lime. Five minutes more, and I was welcoming the new season with a pale green, bracing cocktail. I decided to add a pinch of sugar for balance and then settled in for a cozy night while the wind howled outside. Just right.
3/4 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce lime juice
1 piece of lime peel
Mix the ingredients together, with ice, in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze the lime peel over the drink and add the peel to the glass.