Melody’s Perfect Martini (timeless)

martiniIt 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!

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2 Responses to “Melody’s Perfect Martini (timeless)”

  1. Karen Says:

    Mmm, sounds great! I love a dirty martini. Chilled glasses are a pro touch. Do you experiment with olives with various fillings?

  2. Tom & Melody Says:

    Hi Karen! Yay, another martini fan! I have tried the olives stuffed with almonds and olives stuffed with blue cheese. I like both of those. I am not a fan of olives stuffed with anchovies, onions or garlic, however. I like the regular olives because they stay in tact on the toothpick while soaking up the flavor of the drink. How about you?


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