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An Easygoing Merger of Two Aperitifs

Drink a Couple of These Before Dinner

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The time: just before dinner.

The mission: have a few drinks without missing dinner.

The play: Suckle Punch.

That’s the laid-back cocktail we’ve got here. It comes from David’s Café in New York, and it’s sporting two aperitifs—dry vermouth and Bonal, the latter being a gentian-and-cinchona-based fortified wine that’s been stimulating appetites since 1865. Given that track record, it can probably stimulate yours, too.

And because it’s relatively low in proof, you can knock a few back without fear of things going awry before the entrées arrive.

Suckle Punch

1 1/2 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Bonal
1/2 oz honey
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 dash bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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