Folks ask me how it is I’m able to mix up the perfect martini—Well read, watch, and learn.
Dry Vermouth — Martini & Rossi or Cinzano
Olives stuffed with garlic, blue cheese, or my favorite, anchovy filets
Gin – Tanqueray (nothing fancy)
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.”