The Story Behind The Michael

This is a slightly easier, less dry cousin of the Martini. Yang scales the gin back just a touch and uses blanc vermouth instead of dry vermouth. He also adds a bit of Aperol and a dash of orange bitters to give the cocktail some citrus and herbaceous notes. A grapefruit twist garnish also emphasizes the citrus notes of the Aperol. 



  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounces Aperol
  • 3/4 ounces blanc vermouth
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • Garnish: grapefruit twist


  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass.
  2. Stir and pour into a chilled coupe.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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Updated: 2021-10-11

The Michael, a Take on the Martini