Start preparing the Poet’s Dream by taking a cocktail shaker, and filling about a quarter of it with crushed ice. Shaking the drink in a cocktail shaker loaded with ice will chill the cocktail thoroughly, and you will not need to cool the drink in a refrigerator, or fill it with ice cubes.
Next, start adding the ingredients for the cocktail into the shaker, one by one. Add in the 1-1/2 ounces gin, 3/4 ounce dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce Bénédictine, and a dash of orange bitters. Then, screw on the lid of the cocktail shaker, making sure it is tight and secure.
Now, grasp the cocktail shaker firmly, and shake it vigorously for 15 seconds or so, until all the ingredients are well combined, and thoroughly mixed together. Once the cocktail has been blended completely, stop shaking and unscrew the lid of the cocktail shaker.
Take a cocktail glass, hold a strainer over it, and pour the cocktail into this. Finish by garnishing the drink with a curled lemon zest, for added visual appeal. Your Poet’s Dream cocktail is now ready – serve chilled.