Martini Adornment, or Twist vs. Olive(s).

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Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The barman says, “Olive or Twist?” Way back at the start of this blog I made a brief comment about Twist vs. Olive in a post entitled, appropriately enough, “Olives …

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Homemade Gin, Round 3

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Round 3 Homemade Gin!   And, yes, I am learning, albeit slowly.   This batch is significantly better than my two previous efforts!  (You can find my posts on those here:   “I made Gin!!”   and here:  “Homemade Gin, Round 2” .) This …

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Does Vermouth Matter?

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Of course it does.   Vermouth transforms chilled gin into a Martini!  Therefore it is indeed a magical liquid! But what type of Vermouth?  Will just any do?  Is there a difference? I’ve already written about the importance of keeping your …

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Homemade Gin, Round #2

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My hopes of being the next gin magnate have crashed.  My first batch of gin was not very good, as I’ve documented in “I made Gin!!”  I had hopes that this second batch would be much better.  Not so.  But …

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I Made Gin!!

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Yes, it is Gin.  No, it really wasn’t that great.  In fact it was pretty poor, barely drinkable. But it was a lot of fun and I learned a quite a bit.   The most important thing I learned is that …

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The Perfect Martini Process, V2.0

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I wrote The Perfect Martini Process, V1.0 back in November of 2015, though it didn’t have the “V1.0” notation back then.  Since then, I’ve been thinking that it really needed an update to make it more readable, logically organized, and …

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The Perfect Martini “How To”s Collected

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Over the course of the almost two years that I’ve been writing this blog I’ve posted many random martini quotes, several reviews of restaurant and bars, made opinionated comments about stemware, and expounded on my pet peeves.  And, of course, …

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Latest “Pet Peeve” of Martini Making

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I recently had an odd experience that quickly escalated into a new “Pet Peeve”! In case you missed it, I previously identified several “Pet Peeves”.  If you want a laugh you can look back at my previous post: Martini Making …

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What is a Martini?

After my recent post on Eggnog Martini (Egg Nog Martini??? Really?) in which I generally described my amusement, if not disdain, of various cocktails described as “Martinis”… or more typically, ‘somthing‘tini a person very close to me asked “OK, what …

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Shaken, Stirred, or Smashed???

Not long ago while on travel I stopped in at a fine restaurant for a ‘nite cap’ on my way ‘home’, i.e., the current hotel.  I ordered my usual dry Sapphire martini. The bartender took a stem from the freezer …

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