The Perfect Martini

Folks ask me how it is I’m able to mix up the perfect martini—Well read, watch, and learn.

The Parts:
Dry Vermouth — Martini & Rossi or Cinzano
Olives stuffed with garlic, blue cheese, or my favorite, anchovy filets
Gin – Tanqueray (nothing fancy)

Assembly Instructions:
1.  Fill up your mixer with ice
2.  Pour in the gin. I give it the 8 count, although in proper circles, it’s 2 shots-3ozs-or the count of 4
3.  Add a dab of vermouth and a splash of olive brine.
4.  Skewer 3 or 4 olives on a pick. I prefer the metal ones sold in liquor stores
5.  Strain into a martini glass.

Check out this video to see how. (May take a few moments to load-Be patient)



Note 1. Again in proper circles, you’ll want to swirl (or stir), not in a violent manner. You just want the gin to pick up the cold from the ice. Shaking the gin violently will bruise the gin. Gin is bruised when you introduce air into the gin, altering its flavor. Bruised gin appears cloudy (but adding a splash of olive brine will give it the same ‘dirty’ look). When with the high society set, mark sure you swirl. But, if you are on the porch, violently shake works well with this crowd.

Note 2. Get some good music. Always to go for Sinatra, Dean-o, or Sammy. Pandoa has a  nice station— “Rat Pack Radio”,  and in the Christmas season —“Dean Martin (Holiday) Radio”


“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

—–Frank Sinatra



Hello world!

Welcome to MJC’s Porch.  I hope you enjoy reading these posts half as much as I enjoy sending them out.

Tonight’s topic was the 2 big games tomorrow.  Indiana hosts Purdue (12:00 pm ET on BTN) and Notre Dame visits USC (3:30 pm ET on FOX).  The consensus is that there will be major disappointment on the Porch tomorrow.

In the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, I don’t think the Bucket will be staying in Bloomington.  IU has played well all season, but just can’t close the deal.  Coleman has put up lots of impressive numbers, but the poor guy can’t do it all.  IU has been starting its 3rd string and Freshman QB and the kid is decent, but he needs 2 or 3 more playing years.  Sorry Hoosier fans, it’s another loss.  Of course this won’t change our belief that Purdue blows.

The fighting Irish started the year off good, but these last 3 weeks have been heart breakers.  SC started the year off very poorly, but things are looking up for them.  Turnovers and bad calls in give SC the win and another jewel in the Jeweled Shillelagh.  Should grow very tired of hearing SC’s annoying fight song by half-time.

We will be on the porch pulling for the Hoosiers and the Fighting Irish, but there will be many “Ahh Sh*t’s” and  “Oh Come On’s”  shouted at the TV tomorrow afternoon.  The drinking will start early.