June 19 – Celebrating A Classic
I just got off a cruise and there were 3 different “Mixology” classes. We tasted 9 different “Martinis.” None of them remotely resembled an actual martini. Today any libation strained into a cocktail class can be called a martini. I’m an old fashion type of guy and I’m often reminded how old I am when I have to explain how to make a martini to a bartender.
This is an actual exchange between myself and a young person tending a bar.
ME: I’d like a Tanqueray Martini up.
BT: Gin? Do you still want olive juice
ME: No, I’d like vermouth.
BT: (Slowly) Okay, you want me to put the vermouth in the glass then pour it out?
ME: No, I’d like you to put the vermouth in and leave it.
BT: You mean like an ingredient?
Look if you want to drink chilled vodka with olive juice, knock yourself out, just don’t call it a martini. In this video I made last year you’ll see how to make a classic gin martini.
Drink Responsibly or stay home and drink.
Ciao Fro Now