Monday, May 25, 2009

Do You Like Pork Flavored Martinis?

My best friend has a 4 year old son, who thinks he is a comedian. Or at least will be one when he grows up. My friend and I were recently hanging out on the patio, while he was playing nearby.

I was discussing some of my blogs and the best martini recipes to showcase. When Jacob ran up to us and yelled, "Do you like pork flavored Martini's"? He could not contain his laughter especially when we were cracking up as well.

A little time passed and we had moved on to talking about other subjects when he ran over again. Do you like pork flavored Martini's? It wasn't as funny this time, but you can't blame the kid for finding something that works and sticking with it.

I'm still a fan of lemondrops and the classic dirty martini. But, I guess, if people will purchase baconaisse than a pork martini may not be too far off.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Love Lemon Drop Martinis

I like to experiment with different Martini Recipes. But the Lemon Drop is my classic favorite. Here is a quick video demonstration, on how to make one version of the yummy Lemon Drop Martini.

Lemon Drop Martini

Gibson Martinis

There are several stories floating around about the origin of the Gibson Martini. But the main characteristic of the Gibson is that it is Garnished with an onion instead of the traditional olive.

Classic Gibson Martini Recipe

  • 6 parts gin

  • 1 part dry vermouth

Stir with with ice to chill. Shaking may bruise the gin. Strain into Martini Glass. Garnish with pickled onion.

Just like the standard Martini, Vodka can be substituted for Gin in the Gibson recipe.

Charles Gibson is credited with the invention of the Gibson. But there are several different versions of why or how.

One version is that he was at a bar and asked the bartender to improve on the traditional Martini recipe. So the bartender substituted and onion for an olive and named it after the patron.

Another story is that Gibson was a teetotaller and would have the bartender pour him chilled water into a cocktail glass and he would use the onion garnish so he wouldn't accidentally drink the Gin or Vodka Cocktail.

Another version is that he used the chilled water cocktail for 3 Martini business lunches, so that when is clients became inebriated he was still in control.