22. September 2014 by swizzzlestick
Conditum was a family of spiced wines in ancient Roman and Byzantine cuisine. The Latin name translates roughly as “spiced”. In a nearby ancient Roman mansion in the centre of good old Germany I got hold of a bottle of re-designed Conditum Paradoxum, which can be translated as “surprise spiced wine”.
This wine is already mentioned in De re coquinaria by Caelius Apicius, the oldest surviving cookbook of ancient Rome from the 3rd or 4th century.
Why not trying this unknown ingredient that I have never used before, as Vermouth in a nice Martinez-style drink?
1 oz. Old Tom Gin, 2 oz. Conditum Paradoxum, 1 dash Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, 2 dashes Maraschino (a liqueur from the city of Zadar in Dalmatia, obtained from the distillation of Marasca cherries), garnish: Lemon twist
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Ancient Rome merges with the father of the Martini, a great drink!