Friday, July 27, 2007

Happy Hour

Reading Debbie’s post with her avocado salsa recipe got me thinking about my favorite recipes, all of which involve gin. I don’t claim to make The Best Martini but I am quite willing to keep on practicing until I get it right. Sadly, I don’t get to practice often enough.

Rose sticks with Cosmos, my best friend Rick is a dedicated Corona man, his lovely wife Paula likes exotic drinks that are light on both fruit and alcohol, Dan is a Seven & 7, Ted & Diane enjoy their wine, Jana love Malibu and her husband Jeff, while not a martini fan, will try just about anything. Ron doesn't drink, neither does my sister Teresa, but Ron's wife Darleen likes wine while Teresa's husband Corey prefers beer. And the few martini drinkers who stop by prefer vodka. While vodka is a fine spirit indeed, to a stuffed shirt purist like myself, a martini has to be made with gin. Sorry James – shaken or stirred, a vodka martini is an oxymoron.

Perhaps the most famous martini recipe is the one allegedly created/developed/stumbled upon/pirated by Winston Churchill:

  • 6 parts gin
  • Bottle of dry vermouth
  • Cocktail olive

Shake gin in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass while you look at the bottle of vermouth. Garnish with olive.

I don’t want to argue with a legend, but I feel that a martini should contain some vermouth. You’ll find my martini recipe hidden somewhere on the homepage of my website. Let me know what you think.

And now I must direct you to the website of Australian mystery author Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher. Funny stuff.

Cheers,
Charles

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