The Martini

Martinis-4Over the years, the Martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. H.L. Mencken, a scholar of American English, called the Martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”

 

There is no cocktail more distinctly American than the Martini. It’s strong, sophisticated and sexy. When ordering it’s everything we hope to project, and more …. Martinis again-2

A traditional Martini is a cocktail made with gin and dry vermouth served very cold, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. In the Martini’s earliest formation, the ratio of gin to vermouth was 1:1, but the amount of gin has steadily increased, in fact, hold the vermouth. When the vodka replaces the gin, it’s known as a “Kangaroo,” and a “Gibson” replaces the olive for a cocktail onion.

Martini Gimlet

James Bond favors the “Vesper,”  the “true” 007 Martini, and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale:

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Vesper Martini

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‘A dry Martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘Oui, Monsieur.’
‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’

 Got it !  “Shaken, not stirred”.

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Pink Flamingo MartiniThe Martini has been associated with both the rich and famous for years, from FDR to Frank Sinatra. The famous line, “I must get out of these wet clothes and into a dry Martini”, has said to have been the invention of Peter Benchley, who was an extra on the set of the 1935 MGM film China Seas.  W.C. Fields started his day with two Double Martinis, and reportedly carried an oversized Martini shaker with him on the set.  Another who preferred to shake … rattle, and roll.

Martini II-3

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“The popularity of the Martini never seems to wane, and it was particularly prevalent during the 1950s and 1960s, when the “three Martini lunch” was a widespread practice for cosmopolitan executives and business men. Our societal stance on daytime drinking (not to mention standards of productivity and workplace culture) have changed somewhat since the Mad Men era, and these days the Martini is more commonly consumed in the evening hours … at least on weekdays.” wiki 

 Martinis again

Lately, the practice of attaching the suffix “tini” to a number of cocktails is all too prevalent, particularly among fruity, sweet drinks like “appletinis,” and the “mochatini.”

Many of these drinks have little to do with the original cocktail, but are named because of their use of the V-shaped glass, often thought of as ‘The Martini Glass’.

Martini Glass

Uh uh. I know what you’re thinking. “Did she drink all six Martinis or only five? ” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a Martini shoot, the most powerful cocktail in the world, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do you want one? well do ya, punk?”

final Martini

 

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13 thoughts on “The Martini

  1. Your blog/photos were so delicious, I walked away with a buzz! Haha..Michelle… this was great and so true to your talents and humor.. xoxo great job… now I want to go imbibe!

  2. Pho – tini! My eyes are sipping the cut crystal and Gibson. Age blurs he vision so I like the ‘dry photos’, less vermouth, more clarity.

  3. After a day of doing root canals, Dad would have one Gordon’s Martini before dinner with an olive and just a splash of vermouth, all over ice in a small tumbler. In my youth, I never liked the taste, but loved the remaining metal-tray ice cubes that were curiously melted into crags and crevices — like no other liquid on earth would melt an ice cube. I can still see his lips pouring over the rim for that first sip of satisfaction for a day well done.

  4. PS My favorite martini were the blood orange martinis at the Standard on Sunset Boulevard. Maybe it was the company and the location, but those were delish!

  5. Michelle,
    Love seeing your photos and reading
    your prose. They are excellent and entertainment. Love, Aunt Kay

  6. Very clever comments — I couldn’t have been more clever myself! Those glasses look great — are they yours?

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