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brian gregory

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Martini Madness

“And I would like a medium dry Martini-with a slice of lemon peel. shaken and not stirred, please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka.”
-James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novel Dr. No.

Best Place to have a Martini

Internationally, I think the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York serves up the best Martini in the world!

Sip your Martini as you experience an atmosphere that is all opulence, privilege and power. Unbelievable.

As for closer to the home of the Oasis bar on Davie Street displays great Martini expertise and an atmosphere that’s perfect for lavish enjoyment.

A bit of history on the drink we love to crave:

The martini is the most ironic of drinks. Powerful yet subtle. A few ingredients, yet highly challenging to prepare.

So instead of just hanging over the bar how about a little enlightenment as you get “lit up”?

Evolution as a species of Martini Drinkers

The first drink known as a martini is believed to have appeared on the scene in the United States in the late 1800’s. It consisted of equal part gin and dry vermouth. I’m so glad we’ve evolved as a species and don’t drink them that way anymore!

There are many possible origins of the name “martini”, which first appeared in print in 1894. A popular legend claims the drink was invented by a San Francisco bartender around 1860 as an act of kindness toward a hung over patron.

My personal advice is forget the gin martini.

The vodka martini is far superior and much more versatile than the gin version. In fact, other than the delightful taste of a gin and tonic on a hot day, I advocate the lavish use of vodka in general.

Tip: Vodka can be substituted in any drink requiring gin.

Focusing on our preferred key ingredients: well, their history is pretty much what you’d expect.

Vodka originated in Russia in the 1300’s and was first made from the potato. North American vodka is made from corn or wheat.

Tip: Drink Russian vodka whenever possible

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