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The Perfect Martini

 

Anyone else love Chow.com's videos?  I'm a little obsessed with their "Perfect" series on how to make the perfect hamburger, chocolate chip cookies, tortilla...and martini.

I love a good martini.  A martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, often garnished with olives, while a cocktail is a mixed drink containing two or more ingredients, one of which is an alcoholic spirit.

While I love a good martini, I'm a cocktail lover at heart.  When we were asked to put together a sequence in journalism school, I made Cosmpolitans.  And drank them.  In the morning.

I already have my set on going to Harry's Bar in Paris as soon as we arrive.  A solid, old fashioned bar, where men in old fashioned white lab coats make perfectly executed (strong) cocktails?  Yes please.  Did I mention that's where the Bloody Mary was invented?

These days I prefer old fashioned cocktails over Cosmos and Appletinis (I'd rather taste alcohol than sugar, thank you very much), and these are two of my favourites:

Gimlet

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. lime cordial
  • 1/2 cup ice
Place sugar in a shallow dish; dip rim of chilled glass into sugar so rim is coated.  Pour gin and lime juice over the ice, and shake well. Pour drink into prepared glass.

The Last Word

  • 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ice

Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled glass.

Warning: Drink responsibly.  Two Last Words in and the night might become a blur.  These have a magical effect on people.