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M is for Martini

No big surprise, eh? You all know how I love my martinis. But I’m going to tell you the story behind my martinis. And then I’m going to tell you how to make a martini just like I do.

Okay, flashback. January, 2004. I read a book called The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr. The book tells the story of a quirky librarian who sets her eye on the conductor of an orchestra. And drinks Dirty Grey Goose Martinis. Up until this point in my life I had never had a martini. I can’t abide the taste of gin and I didn’t know you could make one from vodka. By halfway through the book I had researched exactly how to make a martini like the ones the librarian in the book was drinking. And by the end of the book I was drinking a martini along with her.

Here’s my recipe:
3 oz Grey Goose Vodka
1/8 oz Vermouth
1/2 oz olive juice
2 olives

Put all ingredients except the olives in cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass and add the olives. Drink. Relax.


I’ll be having one or two this weekend. I will not be sharing with the cat.

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  1. I chill the heck out of the glass and then put a splash of vermouth in, swirl, and dump. Gives you juuuuust enough vermouth for a nice, dry martini.

    I’m a gin-hater too. Try Monopolowa vodka sometime. It’s a really good, inexpensive Austrian potato vodka that makes a fabulous martini or bloody mary. It scored a 94 at the 2003 International Review of Spirits, the highest score, tying with Stolichnaya, from Russia. This is out of all vodkas tested, including the very expensive super-premiums like Grey Goose. (Grey Goose is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have an alternative that costs half as much!)

  2. I don’t like gin either. I also haven’t tried a vodka martini yet but I do like vodka. Cosmopolitans are one of my favorite drinks. Yum.

  3. Love the photo. DH had a lot of Grey Goose in Nawlins, but tried to drink all of the Absolut that was going at the Endeavor party on Bourbon Street. We went through all their Mardi Gras beads, too. I drank straight Coke.

  4. My cat likes to lick olives (and popcorn). 🙂 I’ve never had a martini – me & vodka don’t get along too well. Isn’t it funny how reading a book can change something in your life? I got into knitting because of a book I read.

  5. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to substitute it for my appletini sometime.

    Also, loved your poem in the previous post.

  6. I just finished reading “Everyone Worth Knowing” and they talk about dirty martini’s. Thanks for sharing the recipe, as I had no idea what they were.

    And Grey Goose is the *best* vodka! 🙂

  7. You’re a gin hater? I’m shocked and saddened. But I do love Grey Goose when I go the vodka route so I guess we’re still on speaking terms :o)

  8. I’m right there with you on the gin, yuck! Your recipe sounds somewhat similar to the drink my uncle used to mix up for me at the lake cabin. I’m blanking on what he called it right now though, but it had some roses lime in addition to the olive juice. Yum!

  9. Not surprised at all! I love the photo of the cat. I actually like gin and prefer a good gin and tonic to a martini, but my favorite summer drink is a mojito. Enjoy the festive weekend.

  10. Yes….martini’s!!! I make mine with Kettle One that’s stored in the freezer. I add two olives and a dollop of ice. My cat would never get a chance to drink my martini :).

  11. Let’s hear it for research! I’m not a big fan of martinis myself, but I’m all for relaxation, wherever you can find it.

  12. In my world M is for Mojito or Margarita but I think that’s because the one and only dirty martini I every had was made with gin (yuk!) I’ll have to try your recipe!

    PS – Do they let kitties in AA? 🙂

  13. Ok wait – first you had candy and I got none being (blissfully?) unaware of that tidbit. Now you share that you are another vodka drinker and we didn’t do that EITHER when you were here?

    That does it – you will have to come back to SLC simply to eat candy and drink vodka with me. I’ll have the room ready.

  14. Ooo, I love Grey Goose martinis. A local bar here sells one called the Bone Dry Martini, which is Grey Goose with a splash of Glenlivet Scotch and a lemon twist. Mmmmmm.

  15. I want a cat. Badly. Some day…

    So, I’m going to be in Boston for about a week and a half, with a lot of time to explore. I know I want to go to the MFA…but any ideas about what else I can/should do?

  16. My cat tries to drink beer… not my martinis thankfully, but beer. The more bitter, the better. I’ll have to try the dirty martini recipe – I’m just unpacking and displaying all my martini tools and glasses at our new place. 🙂

  17. D’oh. Why did it escape me you don’t have to use gin? (blech)

    I’m sure that cat is too young to drink anyway…

  18. two words Carole – Bombay Sapphire. It will make a convert out of you. Gin, Gin, Gin. Loving my Gin and Tonic now.

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