20180619

The CLASSIC GIN MARTINI

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What is a classic martini recipe? Ask a thousand people, you'll get a thousand different versions of the original martini recipe. Make no mistake, the real, classic martini is a gin martini. I don't mean to offend you vodka proponents but gin was the spirit used in the original martini way back in 1911 and is still considered essential to a "real" martini.

Folks will argue until doomsday about ratios of gin to vermouth, whether to stir or shake, over or up, liquor brands and every other single part of the cocktail and it's mixing process. The martini is such a very personal drink it's an age old debate at the bar.  But one thing about the vermouth amounts ... if there's no vermouth at all it's not a martini. It's just gin. Got it?

Once upon a time I was not a true martini lover.  I loved the glass but I was not ready for gin. That has changed, a lot, and I happen to adore gin and gin cocktails these days, including the martini.  Gin and martinis are both acquired tastes. I have acquired them. I have also played around with the recipe myself quite a bit and love Dirty Martinis, Smoky Dirty Martinis and hundreds of cocktails I have designated as "designer martinis", but if someone asks me for a martini with no additional provisos this is the cocktail they will get.


The Classic
GIN MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
4 Parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Part Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

Garnish:  3 Honking Big Green Olives with Pimento

Tools: Mixing Pitcher, Hawthorn Strainer

Glass: Martini/Cocktail, of course

DIRECTIONS
Chill the gin, chill the glass, chill the pitcher. The vermouth should already be in the fridge!
Fill a chilled mixing pitcher with filtered ice.
Pour in the gin.
Pour in the vermouth.
Stir 20 times.
Strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish with 3 honking green pimento olives.

 That. Is. All.

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20180608

The NEGRONI



IF YOU PLAN A TOAST TO THE LATE ANTHONY BOURDAIN TONIGHT, THIS IS THE COCKTAIL YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING.

I woke up this morning to the tragic news that chef, author and travel guru Anthony Bourdain had died. Shocked and terribly saddened, I went on to discover he had died by his own hand, which drove me deeper into my sadness. The loss of someone you admire is difficult and it is made more so when you discover they took their own life. My heart goes out to his family and his close friends.


At the top of my personal Bucket List was the hope to meet, and maybe even dine with, Mr. Bourdain. It probably was never going to happen, now it never will. I admired his outspoken view of the world, his honesty and the way he embraced life and will miss checking his Twitter feed to see who or what he was currently taking to task. I'll miss not having new episodes of his gustatory travel adventures and his nearly always controversial appearances and talks elsewhere.


Anthony Bourdain was the rock star foodie who showed us how to globally drink and eat and one of his favorite cocktails was the Negroni.


Tonight I shall lift a glass and toast a gentleman who, on a daily basis, made me laugh, made me learn and made me question myself and the world around me. I will say cheers and goodbye to a unique individual I came to admire in the years since I first read his book No Reservations and I will do so with a Negroni in hand. 


The
NEGRONI

INGREDIENTS
Equal parts:
Campari
Gin
Sweet Vermouth

Garnish: Orange Twist or Slice

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS
Pour ingredients over ice in a chilled glass.
Stir then garnish.


“I think the Negroni is the perfect cocktail because it is three liquors that I don’t particularly like. I don’t like Campari, and I don’t like sweet vermouth and I don’t particularly love gin. But you put them together with that little bit of orange rind in a perfect setting… It’s just: It sets you up for dinner, in a way it makes you hungry, sands the edges off the afternoon. In an after dinner, it’s settling. It is both aperitif and digestive. It’s a rare drink that can do that.” 
~ Anthony Bourdain


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20180606

The Sex And The City RUBY COCKTAIL Recipe



There are tons of Ruby Cocktail recipes floating around in cocktail land including, but not limited to:
1) a gin, grenadine and applejack recipe similar to the Prohibition era Pink Lady cocktail,
2) a rhubarb-infused vodka with simple syrup and fresh lime created by Vanessa Bortnick of Harry Denton's Starlight Room in San Francisco,
3) Tony Abou-Ganim's vodka, elderflower and Aperol version, and
4) The SATC Ruby.


The Sex and The City version of the Ruby Cocktail was created by the Florida Citrus Commission to boost sales of Florida grapefruit. To further encourage grapefruit sales the recipe was proposed to the creators of SATC as a replacement for the what had been the signature drink of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, the Cosmopolitan. The producers liked the idea and the SATC Ruby made its debut in Season 4's Episode 12 "Just Say Yes". Eventually, the more widely recognized Cosmo made it back as the SATC signature drink in following episodes (as well as the first Sex And The City movie) and the Ruby went into the same sitcom oblivion as the flock of discarded SATC paramours.

It's really too bad The Ruby didn't stick around because I personally prefer the fresh ruby red grapefruit juice spiked with citrus vodka over the ubiquitous cranberry, vodka and lime Cosmopolitan.


The SATC
RUBY COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
6 Oz Fresh (Florida) Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
3 Oz Citrus (Absolut Citron) Vodka

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Grapefruit Twist

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Large (10 ounce) Martini/Cocktail

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into the sugar rimmed, chilled glass then garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.


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