Thursday, March 27, 2008

Morning Clarity

Morning Clarity

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.

~ Dorothy Parker

I have always been amused by this quote of Parker's, and thought I'd share it. A friend has a different bit of sage wisdom concerning martinis and I was about to simply post it, then decided to check for attribution. I found someone else had done the legwork, and so quote the original:

"Martinis are like breasts, one isn't enough, and three is too many."
~ Herb Caen, who died in 1997.

It was next to another reference that I liked:

"I must get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini."
~ Alexander Woollcott

There is just something right about a gin martini. I find that I like a more classic martini than a more contemporary super-dry version. I also learned that I prefer Noille Pratt vermouth over the more common Martini brand. Is it still a martini then? Hmmm. I found the best olives at the local coop, and buy only 6-8 of them at a time so that they stay fresh. They are unstuffed, but I generally keep feta cheese in the house for salads, so I have taken to stuffing my martini olives with feta. It's not quite a fetish, but I think it's reaching the ritual stage.

A final thought: Those big honkin' "martini" glasses are not for martinis. They are for frou-frou Cosmopolitans that are half juice. I went to an antique store and bought this classic glass and keep it in the freezer (near the gin and the shaker) so it's always ready.

Bottoms up!

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