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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Do All Hotel Bars Suck??

OK, maybe I should ask ‘do all business hotel’s bars suck?’ I’m sure there are divine resorts out there somewhere on a moonlit beach that serve awesome never-to-be-forgotten martinis.    And exquisite penthouse bars topping luxury hotels in the cosmopolitan …

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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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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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Bar Review: Del Frisco’s, Philadelphia, PA

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Let me start by saying up front that Del Frisco’s is my favorite Philadelphia restaurant.  Del Frisco’s is an impressive Steakhouse, for the Steaks, the service, the wine list, the magnificent bar, and the extraordinary interior. The restaurant occupies the …

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Bar Review: Tutti Mangia, Claremont, CA

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Tutti Mangia is a very quiet quaint smallish Italian Chophouse in Clarement.  Very easy to miss if you’re not looking for it.  Which would be a shame because it is very good. And did I mention small?  The bar only …

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Bar Review: Ocean Prime, Philadelphia, PA – Update

I was recently in Philadelphia and decided to eat at one of my local favorites, Ocean Prime.  I have in the past reviewed their Martini and given them my coveted two Martini rating.  See  “Bar Review: Ocean Prime“.   But that …

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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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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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