So I received a mysterious email this morning. It simply had one question. “Hey Weer’d, what’s your favorite drink?”
That was it, strange, ne? Not even sure the question. From when I wake up until 7pm I drink tea. Must be caffeinated, must be lose leaf, sometimes I drink it hot, sometimes cold, sometimes on ice, never with sweetener or milk. I go thought about a gallon a day, no exaggeration. I imagine I’m doing quite well on anti-oxidants.
But Maybe the mystery reader was wondering about adult beverages. Well my #1 is the dry martini. I start with a quality cocktail glass that I chill with slush water. (You can use ice cubes and water if you’re lazy) then in a shaker add a small splash of dry vermouth (this is a delicate step, as you need to have enough to taste it, but not enough for it to overpower the drink, as vermouth alone is VERY nasty), then 3 shots of gin. My preferred gin is Tanqueray No. TEN, I use Martini and Rossi vermouth, but that isn’t as important. The key to a good martini is patience, as now you must wait and not touch anything while the glass and the liquor chill. I like to touch the shaker to see how things are going, once the sides of the shaker feel ice-cold, I dump the ice from the glass and dry it with a clean towel, then strain the mixture into the glass, without shaking or stirring. Shaking the mixture will make your martini cloudy and watered down. Last you add olives. I generally don’t make my standard martinis dirty, but if I do I use a rougher gin like beefeater, as the citrus overtones in Tanqueray gins clash a bit with the savory Olive juice.
And this weekend my latest batch of home-made bacon Vodka will be ready!
Martinis are as much an art as they are a beverage!