Sweet’s Dream Martini

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Cocktail History

The Sweet’s Dream Martini is a Sips From Scripts original gin and sherry cocktail we created after Sweet’s Elderberry gifted us a bottle of their elderberry syrup and tasked us with coming up with a recipe for them featuring its unique flavor. Neither of us had tried elderberry syrup before and were immediately impressed with how not sweet it actually was; we expected the sugar rush of a typical simple syrup. Instead we found it tastefully dry and nuanced while still berry-forward and thought it would be the perfect complement to the martini formula.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is one of the base spirits. We went with Tanglin Orchid Gin for its bright, crisp juniper taste made with coriander seeds, angelica root, orris root, cassia bark, liquorice, cubeb, Amchoor, vanilla beans, and citrus.

Sherry: This is the other base spirit. We chose marsala sherry, which is a fortified wine made from white grapes that has a medium-rich body great for using in sauces and marinades in addition to cocktails.

Elderberry Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds elderberry flavor. This recipe was made to use with Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup. If you’re interested in adding one to your repertoire, definitely pick up a bottle from them. They have the (no pun intended) sweetest story—founder Stephanie Rickenbaker named the company after her daughter’s nickname “Sweet.” And they’re committed to high-quality ingredients, community, and sustainability. 

Rosemary, Grapefruit, & Peppercorn Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with rosemary, grapefruit, peppercorn, and botanicals. They add this blend of flavors and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Crude Bitters Rizzo Rosemary, Grapefruit, & Peppercorn Bitters.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Sweet’s Dream Martini features light aromas of elderberry and sherry, has a dry and herbal initial taste that leads into a subtle sweetness while in the mouth, and leaves the lingering flavors of elderberry and sherry on the tongue. The dry nature of the syrup lends just enough flavor to be noticeable without making the recipe sickly sweet.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Don’t let the name fool you! This martini is as dry as it is dark and is sure to please those with discerning palates. Alex thought it was a great blend of herbal flavors and light fruitiness, while Kendall preferred hers with a bit more of the maraschino liqueur to bring the sweet flavors forward.

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Sherry
 1 dash Maraschino Liqueur

Method
1

Add gin, sherry, elderberry syrup, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Sherry
 1 dash Maraschino Liqueur

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, sherry, elderberry syrup, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Sweet’s Dream Martini

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