Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Dirty Matini..

Dorothy Parker once quipped in the New Yorker: 'I like to have a Martini, two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under the host.'

I blame all the recent and upcoming back holidays for this - but recently I have had a fascination with drinking martinis. ..

Perhaps one of the best things about Martinis is they only require three ingredients - gin (or vodka,) vermouth and ice. So, it's easy to make sure you are always prepared for cocktail hour in your house.

The rules are that the liquor must be cold from the fridge. The drink must include nothing frilly or fancy, no tiny umbrellas or anything sweet. It's an old fashioned, stiff drink for straight talkers and stand-up characters only. Whether your martini is shaken or stirred depends how strong you like your liquor. Shaking the drink means it will become more diluted and much colder. Stirring will provide you with a mighty stiff drink.

Not that I have ever tried one; but I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of a
Dirty Martini
4 parts gin (or vodka)
1 part vermouth
2 tbsp of Olive brine.
- Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and serve straight up with an olive.

Now, what could possibly be a more grown up drink?!

(photos are linked and via tumblr.)


  1. I love cocktails! I'll have to give this one a try ;) I agree, it is a very glamourous one x

  2. oh man girl! you have to try one! They're delish...if they're really dirty!

  3. love the Betty Draper pics, very glamorous! x

  4. Dirty martinis are my faaavorite! Vodka for me, though. I don't care for gin at all.. and always extra olives. You've got to try one!

  5. I've never had one I prefer really sweet cocktails so the word dry just puts me off.

  6. I bet you serve them up in those uber cool glasses like the ones on the pictures! I certainly would! x

  7. oh, i've had martinis before... probably shouldn't repeat that experience very soon!


  8. love the quote. that is so great. and i absolutely love betty. i channel mad men on a daily basis.

  9. I love this post, I blame the bank holiday too for my recent drinking binges!
    Is it bad that I have only ever had Martini pre- bought in a bottle? YES! Dirty Martini sounds lethal, not sure I could handle that.xx

  10. Such a fantastic post!! First of all - great quote - describes the martini experience perfectly!! Second of all, love the pic of Betty Draper (I can't wait for the next season)!!!

    I also love martinis!! My favorite is the cosmo -slightly sweet but mostly dry!! If you haven't yet tried it - YOU MUST!!



  11. I love your writing! Your blog is amazing. I will for sure be keeping this one in mind, no doubt.



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