The Perfect Martini Process, V1.0

Since this blog has existed I’ve advocated and supported the concept that your Perfect Martini is just that, yours.  My Perfect Martini is mine.  And the two may not be identical.   What is important is that we find that which …

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A Brief History of Martini

The history of the martini is a murky one.  As one might guess with many alcoholic concoctions through time, things weren’t always written down.  This appears to be the case with the Martini. Still, the history of the martini can …

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Great Gin Selection at the local Reststop!

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Last week while traveling in Scotland, we stopped at a little roadside restaurant, “Stonehouse” for lunch outside of Foulis on the A9.  Beside the restaurant was their giftshop.  There covering two entire top shelves was this selection of Gins. This …

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A Martini Elitist??

Apparently I’m an elitist drinker? I’m not sure what makes me an elitist though.  Is it the look I get when I order a ‘Bombay Sapphire’ Martini and the bartender looks at me with big vacant eyes and you can …

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Makar Gin

While walking around Glasgow recently, I came across “The Good Spirits Co.”  and decided to stop in.  While I was intending to explore their Whiskey selection the discussion quickly turned to gins. Much to my surprise our host, Victoria, offered us a …

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Craft Gin, the new trend?!?

It seems that these days there are boutique and small gin distilleries popping up all over.  Being a long term gin drinker I can recall the days when my choices at any typical bar were severely limited; Beefeater, Tanqueray, Bombay, …

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50 Shades of Gin

As you all know juniper defines Gin.  If there’s no juniper in the liquor, its not Gin.  Its really that simple.  Without juniper you have flavored (ugh) Vodka. But what other botanicals are ‘allowed’ in gin?  As it turns out, …

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Best Gins for a Martini? Here’s one Opinion

Are you wondering what Gin(s) make the best Martinis?  I came across this article while perusing my twitter feed (@Shkn_Nt_Strrd) and found it interesting.  I hope you do too. best-gins-to-use-in-a-martini I particularly like Gin #1 as a suggestion for a …

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Shaken vs. Stirred Revisited: Taste

We’ve finally come to the final, and probably most important, contentious, and difficult edition of Shaken vs. Stirred Revisited: Taste.  Does Shaking change the taste of the Martini? I’ve been scratching my head trying to develop an effective and simple …

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Bar Review: The Grill on the Alley, Westlake Village, CA

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The Grill on the Alley is located hidden in the back of a shopping complex.  You have to drive past several other beckoning restaurants.  But don’t be distracted, the Grill is where you want to be. I’ve been here a …

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