Friday, September 28, 2007

Martini therapy

1. Throw a few ice cubes into a cocktail glass. Add water. Let that sit while you:

2. Measure into a cocktail shaker three parts gin (I mean good gin, like Plymouth, Beefeater, Boodles (I love Boodles), or Bombay (not Sapphire)) and one part vermouth. My standby vermouth is Noilly Prat. Cinzano is fine too.

3. Add a handful of ice cubes to your shaker, put the top on, and shake it till it's too cold to hold comfortably.

4. Dump the ice water out of your glass and strain the contents of the shaker into it.

5. Garnish with three fat blue-cheese stuffed olives.

6. Drink, sitting on your porch, surrounded by your adoring cats, on a Friday evening at the end of a great screaming soul-withering bitch of a week. Notice how life suddenly seems strangely beautiful.

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