No, the Betty Paige cocktail is not named after the famous pin-up model, Bettie Page – note the different spelling. This drink blends a touch of cherry with the herbal and bitter notes of gin and dry vermouth.
This drink is considered a little frou-frou, but it’s actually not as sweet and fruity as it looks. It’s nice to sip along as a slightly sweeter alternative to a martini, or anytime you want something that’s a little fruity, but tart and complex, too.
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 teaspoon cherry liqueur
- 1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin and vermouth, and shake them until cold. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass, and pour in the cherry liqueur. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.