It is Friday night and we have had yet another demanding week. I had the pleasure of working at home today on a project that demanded my focused attention (thus, my decision to do so at home rather than in my office where I would encounter interruptions). I also ran 9.8 miles this morning and it was 1 degree (F) when I left the house and 8 degrees when I returned. So, tonight we are celebrating the end of the work week. I have made a pot of vegetable soup and a loaf of whole wheat bread. The bread is in the oven and the soup is simmering. Oh, I love our Friday nights!
Tonight, I thought I would tell you how I make the perfect Martini. (We generally have a Martini and then wine but tonight [I don't know what got into me] but I made us a second “short” Martini.)
o First, I put our lovely long-stemmed martini glasses in the freezer at least 30 minutes before I prepare the cocktail. Meanwhile, I take queen-sized olives and spear three each on a toothpick and set them aside. (Remember, the glasses are in the freezer chilling during all of this.)
o Then I put a shaker full of ice in my martini shaker. Into the shaker, I add three shots of gin. I use one of four brands: 1) Tangueray, 2) Bombay, 3) Plymouth, or 4) Quintessential. (I am always eager to try new premium gins with an open mind.)
o I then add 1 1/2 shots of Martini & Rossi vermouth. (I have also used Noilly Prat vermouth, which is excellent.)
o Then I add three teaspoons of olive juice from the olive jar.
o I shake it vigorously.
Only then do I take the glasses out of the freezer and put the olives (on the toothpick) in the glass and pour my well-shaken Martini into the glasses. When I serve the Martinis, the glasses are frosted and ice cold. Mmmmmm, delicious! Cheers!