Have you ever noticed how much testosterone surrounds the making of dry martinis? Why? James Bond? A man is made a man by slugging gin almost straight? Here’s the High WASP way. If you like gin, just drink it. We say, “I’ll have my gin now.” We don’t pretend to be doing anything else.
I myself love a good martini. But I like it good and wet. Girly, if you will. I spent enough years in sales to feel quite comfortable with my testosterone levels, thank you very much.
Here’s the thing. Girly martinis are much better for entertaining than the Sean Connery variety. We decorate our martinis – and drink decor makes a great conversation starter. Additional vermouth means lower alcohol content, which means the conversation can, in fact, continue.
How do you make a girly martini? First, you need whimsical toothpicks. If you think this makes your martini into a Cosmo I can’t help you. I got my toothpicks from our very own Muffy Martini’s Etsy shop, Beachy Baubles.
Then you need olives. Anything called Santa Barbara is my friend.
As far as chilling, stirring, and the other martini athleticism? Keep the gin and vermouth in your fridge,
TO make a girly martini, pour gin into your glass. Tuxedo jacket optional. Junipero tastes like berries. And yes, OK, they’re juniper, but a berry is a berry. Add some vermouth. I like at least a tablespoon. Then I wave toothpicked olives through the mixture. It’s good enough. At my age I’ve learned to cherish good enough. It’s another friend.
Estrogen-dependent perhaps, but delicious. And how cute is that little shell, peeping out of its chilled cocktail bath? I know it’s only Monday. Let’s say this is something to look forward to.