Tom Walker of New York establishment Fresh Kills had this to say about his take on the martini: "This drink is a nod in the direction of of the "Stood Up" cocktail, a Manhattan variation using rye, sweet vermouth and Luxardo Bitter Rossi, which originated from the original bar, Milk & Honey. With the introduction of Luxardo Bitter Bianco, the idea was to create the sister to the "Stood Up", which in this sense is the classic Martini. I used Boodles Gin as it's a great classic London Dry gin whose subtle botanicals allow all the ingredients to equally shine without overpowering one another. In keeping it to just three ingredients, this aromatic and spirit forward drink, the "Blind Date" is the perfect classic martini-style drink for the warmer weather months."
Walker's recipe placed as one of the seven runners-up in the official cocktail competition, each of which tied at only one point below the winner.
- 2 ounces Boodles Gin
- .5 ounce Alessio Vermouth Bianco
- .5 ounce Luxardo Bitter Bianco
- grapefruit twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until drink is diluted and very cold and strain into a very cold cocktail coupe.