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
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?!
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