Friday, April 8, 2011

Firewater Friday - The Elixir Of Quietude

The classic martini is simple, sophisticated & sexy . . . as far as cocktails go.  As far as I’m concerned, a martini is simply gin and dry white vermouth.   I guess I’m a martini purist.   It is served chilled . . . either shaken or stirred depending on how James Bond you’re feeling . . . and as far as that goes I’m a Bond girl all the way . . .

Anyhoo . . . it is served chilled, strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with either an olive or a twist of lemon peel.  For me, the ideal embellishment is a blue cheese stuffed olive, but any kind of olive will do.  Some martini’s are garnished with a cocktail onion . . . this drink is properly known as a gibson. 

A "gin salad" is made like the ordinary martini but with three olives and two cocktail onions as garnish. But a "Gin salad" is also sometimes used to describe a martini with excessive olives in it.  I’ll take two please!  No more than that or I'll be totally slammered!

I could suffer through vodka martini, which is prepared in exactly the same way as a standard martini, with vodka being substituted for gin.  It’s not the same but close enough in a pinch.

Dirty martinis, sweet martinis, sake martinis, akvavit martinis are all a stretch but . . . meh . . . they are deviants . . . yummy but substandard.

Popping up all over the place are variations of “martinis” . . . basically, if it’s a cocktail served in a martini glass it’s considered a martini.  Not for this Bond girl!  Appletini . . . Espresso Martini  . . . Blue Martini . . . these are not the real deal . . . they’re pretenders to the classic.  

As Forrest Gump would say . . . That’s all I have to say about THAT!

In this post I made a wonderful Tiramisu.  Tiramisu was created in Italy . . . big shocker . . . and literally means 'pick me up'.  Well . . . with something that  good, why wouldn't you??

Here is an awesome drink recipe that tastes remarkably like the sinfully good dessert.  Enjoy!

Tiramisu  . . . uh . . . Martini

1 (1.5 Fluid Ounce) Jigger Vanilla Flavored Vodka
1 (1.5 Fluid Ounce) Jigger Creme De Cacao
1 (1.5 Fluid Ounce) Jigger Coffee Flavored Liqueur

Pour the vodka, creme de cacao, and coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. 

Strain into a chilled martini glass to serve.


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