Mixed A Martini

"I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul."
Alec Waugh

Once in a while, it's nice to learn how to mix common drinks for guests despite the fact that I myself do not drink. There are three ingredients to a basic martini: gin, vermouth, and olives.

Tonight, I made a slight variation on the traditional martini by making a dirty martini for J. I started with some gin.

I poured in about a fifth the amount of vermouth and a small cupful of olive juice from the jar. I put it all in a shaker with some ice in it.

Martinis are usually stirred, but I decided to make them the way James Bond likes them "shaken not stirred".

After a sufficient number of shakes, it was time to pour it into the cocktail glass.

After putting a bunch of olives on a stick (J loves olives), the dirty martini was done.

Later on, I also made a dirty vodka martini, which is made the same way except with vodka replacing the gin.

I always thought making martinis was complicated, maybe because it seems like fancy people like to drink them. It's a fairly simple thing to make, and I can see why there are so many different variations. Now that I know how to do it, anyone care for one?

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