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The Benjamin Wayne Smith

Courtesy Molly Wizenberg, author, Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Wizenberg’s cocktail comes from her memoir, Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, which chronicles her and her husband’s experience opening a pizza restaurant in Seattle. It’s the signature cocktail of her friend Ben, who “overheard a man in a cowboy hat order it.” It calls for cheap gin. Wizenberg suggests rinsing the glass out with vermouth if you want to make it a martini.


3 ounces gin
Splash of dry vermouth (optional)
¼ teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, gently cracked with the flat side of a knife, for garnish


Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the garlic clove from shaker.

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