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Elegant, rejuvenating Lakeside martini fits its setting perfectly

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Sabrina Chapman

Bond prefers shaken; others favor stirred. Purists swear by gin, while some take their vodka extra dirty. Over the course of history, one thing is certain: The martini is irresistible.

The unmistakable glass and its contents have had their way with the hearts and hands of some of the most famous names in entertainment, politics and literature. And now, they even have their own holiday. June 19 is National Martini Day, and It’s About Time ($15) at the Wynn’s Lakeside is the perfect libation to celebrate.

It’s About Time—by master mixologist Patricia Richards—is a playful and elegant cocktail with rejuvenating qualities. It opens with the roundness of fresh apples with hints of ginger, followed by dry vermouth and a fresh, herbaceous finish. Shake it up for home entertaining or pair with something savory from Lakeside’s kitchen for an unforgettable Forbes five-star evening.

It's About Time

Ingredients:

1 ¼ oz. Absolut Orient Apple vodka

1 oz. Granny’s sour apple schnapps

1 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth infused with fresh thyme (see below)

1 oz. fresh sweet & sour

splash of green apple puree (from Perfect Puree)

sprig of fresh thyme (garnish)

Method:

For infused Vermouth: In a large Lexan container, infuse 12 bottles of Dolin Blanc Vermouth with half-pound bag of fresh thyme for four days, covered at room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Cover and refrigerate for up to one month. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake well to chill and combine. Strain into a chilled martini/cocktail glass. Garnish with thyme and serve.

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