It looks like a martini, and it’s kind of close, but it’s got a secret ingredient that makes it a completely different drink. The Maxim is basically a not-so-dry gin martini with creme de cacao.
I know, right? It’s a pretty odd combination, and it’s definitely not for every palette. Because the creme de cacao is just a dash, it works better than you’d think with the flavors of the gin and vermouth, and the result is a sort of citrus-chocolate flavor.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 dash white creme de cacao
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all ingredients, and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.