The merits of the martini
It is the day after Christmas. There are still ribbons and scraps of paper on the living room floor. There’s a plate of cookies on the table across from me looking distinctly picked over. I do not want to eat anything even remotely sweet. My nephew is across the table, cranky and tossing cheerios on the floor, belting out hoarse screeches every couple of seconds. My brother is trying not to listen to it, but getting increasingly irritated. Everyone else is in the basement playing wii. Even Grandpa is perfecting his golf swing on wii golf.
And I’m thinking that now might be a nice time for a martini. In the midst of all the detritis of a holiday party, I’m pretty sure there’s a bottle of gin and some dry vermouth. Some olives in the back of the refrigerator? No doubt. It’s been raining for two days. The lovely two feet of snow that was dropped on the DC area has all melted into a flat, gray landscape. And I’m thinking that martini might chase away some of the post-holiday blues.
So in the spirit of the season, a cold cocktail recipe for you. A classic. Like It’s a Wonderful Life or twinkle lights on a Christmas tree. Just like that. Enjoy.
While the recipe is a classic, the gin is not. This gin has an entirely different taste from something like Tanqueray- it’s a bit like cucumber. And I love it. So, see what you think. It isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it.
2 oz. Hendrick’s gin
splash of dry vermouth
Add gin and vermouth to cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously – I figure it’s ready when my fingers stick to the shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the three olives speared on a toothpick or a slice of cucumber. And to be honest, I don’t measure the gin. It’s probably a little more than 2 oz. It is the holidays, after all.
Photo by Ralph.