This elegantly balanced cocktail is a variation on both the Greyhound (vodka and grapefruit juice) and the Salty Dog (gin or vodka and grapefruit juice with a salted rim). It calls for Italy's unique Punt e Mes vermouth, made by Carpano, whose taste falls somewhere between a traditional red vermouth and a bitter.
According to the Carpano museum in Turin, the name -- which translates from the local dialect as "point and a half" -- derives from one fateful day in a bar when an absent-minded stock trader shouted out a trading-floor term when ordering a vermouth with an extra half-dose of bitters. The name stuck.
We found Punt e Mes at Calvert Woodley liquors and at Schneider's of Capitol Hill.
- Kosher salt, for rimming the glass
- 3 or 4 ice cubes
- 2 ounces Punt e Mes
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (from 1/2 a large grapefruit)
Rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, then fill with the ice cubes. Add the Punt e Mes and grapefruit juice; stir and serve.
Adapted from No. 9 Park in Boston.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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