Bartender David Wondrich was asked to create a drink for the debut issue of Gotham magazine in New York, and this is what he came up with. His recipe calls for créme de cassis, but if you don’t have it, port wine makes for a nice substitute. Generally we’d tell you to shake something with lemon juice in it, but there is very little in this drink, and shaking vermouth makes it bubble unpleasantly. We compromise between the two methods and stir the buhjeezus out of it.
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.