Tuesday, May 30, 2006
A Good Martini
A Martini is the perfect drink. It's not messy. It does not involve coconut milk. You can order it in Harry's Bar (Venice).
Here is how to make one.
Get Vermouth (Martini and Rossi: Dry). Pour it over the Ice. Then pour the Martini away. That is what is meant by a dry Martini. Do not order Martinis in England: you will get 1/3 vermouth, 1/3rd Lemonade (i.e. Sprite), and 1/3rd Gin. Avoid at all costs. [If you are in a British Pub, drink beer - everything else is awful beyond belief. If you need a Martini, say you want an American Martini.]
Add the Gin. There are three types - Bombay Sapphire (the best); Tanquery (stronger, but still second best) Gordon's (you are slumming). Add nothing else. There is no such thing as an "Apple Martini." To enjoy a Martini you to be able to take hard liquor straight.
If you add olives there must be 1 or 3. Even numbered olives are bad luck. A twist is better: the twist is to add citrus oil to the drink. You do not want a wedge of lemon (This can be a problem in Indian restaurents).