Tonight, I wanted a nice bone-dry Hendrick's martini and was out of white vermouth! I've known about "perfect" martinis for years --1/2 sweet and 1/2 dry vermouth, but I decided to try a variation of my normal 'in-and-out Martini" by using sweet vermouth to coat the ice instead. It is a really wonderful combination and the cucumber garnish brings out the magic of the cuke infusion of Hendrick's.
Hendrick's Sweet In & Out
Fill a cocktail shaker with as much ice as will fit in your old-fashioned glass. Toss in a big splash of red vermouth (I used Martini and Rossi) and stir vigorously to coat the ice. Dump out the sweet vermouth and add 2-1/2 oz. of Hendrick's Gin. Stir with your bar spoon and pour into an old-fashioned. Garnish with a wedge of cucumber or two. (a word to the wise...if you want to serve this over ice, eat the cucumber pretty quickly as it turns very icy quickly!) Yum!