The Dick Jr. is a Cocktail taken from the groundbreaking second edition of “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” by Hugo R. Ensslin published in 1917. I can highly recommend this book! It is a collection of many different recipes for various styles of classic cocktails. Hugo R. Ensslin worked as the head bartender in the Wallik Hotel in New York City. The first edition of his recipes was published in 1916 while the revised second edition was publishes one year later.
The recipe for the Dick Jr. is quite simple and comes with proportional indications for the ingredients used in the drink. It’s a vermouth-based drink with the classic company of gin and is enhanced by the additional use of apricot brandy and lime juice. Mr. Ensslin suggests using one third of each of the alcoholic ingredients and mixes it with the juice of one lime.
The drink tastes similar to a fruit-infused gin Martini but with less sweetness. The body of the drink offers the winy notes of a dry vermouth (I’ve used a classic Noilly Prat) in a classical combination with the floral tones of a good dry gin. All this is round up with the apricot brandy and freshened by lime juice. Like a vernal breeze shaking the trees of an apricot orchard.
I have adapted the original recipe a little bit by slightly reducing the apricot brandy part. I’ve done this to have a somewhat dryer drink which dissociates from a sweeter fruit martini.
Recipe (my adaptation):
3 cl Noilly Prat
3 cl Tanqueray No. 10
2 cl Apricot Brandy
Juice of 1 lime
Shake in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain into the chilled glass and serve.