Code And Cocktails

The Palm Beach Special

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(It was noted to me that for a blog called ‘code and cocktails’ that I don’t have many cocktail related posts - so here we go:)

I decided to try a new-to-me cocktail tonight and asked cocktaildb for cocktails which contain grapefruit and gin. It suggested, amongst others, the Palm Beach Special.

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • shake well with ice, strain into cocktail glass.

I enjoy the combination of gin and grapefruit in this drink but I have two issues with it which I’d like to experiment with:

  1. I think it is too heavy on the gin - I think it overloads the grapefruit.
  2. I wonder if something like St. Germaine might be a good exchange for sweet vermouth - obviously it would change the drink - but I think it might be for the better.

As an aside: cocktaildb is a great resource - I wish I could filter out drinks for which I don’t have ingredients however. That is why I am building (slowly) my own cocktail recipe website (defdrink). (The primary purpose of (defdrink) is to be a vehicle for me to learn Clojure)