venturing beyond the gin & tonic

Planning on making the G-Funk recipe soon. 

Need to place this on the To Mix list.

History of the Dirty Martini

Excerpted from http://www.exclusiv-vodka.com.

Although the history of the martini is somewhat cloudy, we do know that the popularity of the martini skyrocketed after British Agent 007, James Bond, ordered a martini in the hit movie “Dr. No.” T.  But where did the ‘dirty’ come from?

Long before 007 ordered his now infamous martini drink, the Russians were making their favorite drink of choice, a mix of vodka and pickle brine or vodka and tomato brine.  The brine was taken right from the jar and mixed with the vodka.  This drink was considered a ‘morning remedy’ in Russia, kind of like the Bloody Mary is in the US.

Ask any Russian and they will tell you that after a long night of partying, they would make themselves a drink with pickle brine and vodka—instead of a Bloody Mary.  After all, who has the time or energy to look for horseradish and tomato juice when they have a hangover?

This century old martini recipe traveled around the world, with each country creating its own version of the original.  In the US, bartenders take olive brine straight from the jar….blending it with vodka to create a dirty version of 007’s martini.

So you see, being dirty isn’t anything new. In fact, it’s sort of an old tradition.

Bombay Saphire martini. Up. Two small olives. Cheers.
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Happy Old Fashioned Week!

Since there’s an extra hour to either stay out or sleep it off in, the week after Daylight Savings Time is perfect for Old Fashioned Week.

Last year’s stories: Old Fashioned Week 2010

Everyday Carry

Perfection.

americandrink:

Happy Old Fashioned Week!

Since there’s an extra hour to either stay out or sleep it off in, the week after Daylight Savings Time is perfect for Old Fashioned Week.

Last year’s stories: Old Fashioned Week 2010

Everyday Carry

Perfection.

The winning #totc Vancouver cocktail “The Dalhousie” created by Jonathan Smolensky of George/Brix Rest via TwitPic.

The winning #totc Vancouver cocktail “The Dalhousie” created by Jonathan Smolensky of George/Brix Rest via TwitPic.

A Mai Tai made by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry at #totc Vancouver via TwitPic.

A Mai Tai made by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry at #totc Vancouver via TwitPic.

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline

Citrus Rosemary Gimlet. 1.5 oz gin, 1 oz fresh citrus mix*, 3/4 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup**.
*Fresh Citrus Mix: 2 parts ruby grapefruit; 1 part lemon; 1 part lime.
** Rosemary Simple Syrup: 1 part sugar, 1 part water. Steep rosemary. Strain.
Note: OK. The image isn’t quite right but you get the idea. The color’s right but it’s served up.

Courtesy of Lateefah Curtis, Corkshop, NY

Citrus Rosemary Gimlet. 1.5 oz gin, 1 oz fresh citrus mix*, 3/4 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup**.

*Fresh Citrus Mix: 2 parts ruby grapefruit; 1 part lemon; 1 part lime.

** Rosemary Simple Syrup: 1 part sugar, 1 part water. Steep rosemary. Strain.

Note: OK. The image isn’t quite right but you get the idea. The color’s right but it’s served up.

Courtesy of Lateefah Curtis, Corkshop, NY

Jones’ Grimace. bourbon, pedro ximenez sherry, lemon, orange, ginger, garnish with sprig of thyme. Sampled at B restaurant in Oakland, CA.

Jones’ Grimace. bourbon, pedro ximenez sherry, lemon, orange, ginger, garnish with sprig of thyme. Sampled at B restaurant in Oakland, CA.

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