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Martini: Shaken or Stirred?

In cocktail terms, the word “perfect” typically means that the drink will include equal parts of both dry and sweet vermouth. That’s exactly what you get in the perfect martini and it’s a fabulous drink for anyone who loves gin.

This recipe is the “perfect” version of the classic gin martini. You can also mix up a perfect Manhattan, while other “perfect” cocktails go by other names such as the affinity, which features scotch. And yet, the perfect martini made with gin is the most popular of them all. It’s an ideal drink for dinner or anytime you want to celebrate that perfect pairing of gin and vermouth.

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A Trio Of Italian Sparklers

chalk sparklerby Andrew Chalk

Martini, the Italian drinks company, has just refreshed their line of sparkling wines. The Asti ($14 Pogo’s) is a traditional Piedmont Asti Spumante. That is, sweet and easy-drinking. Perhaps to have with cake or tarts for dessert. The Rosé ($12 Total Wine and More) is the pink version of same. Prosecco ($16 Goody Goody) is a traditional Prosecco, originating from the Veneto-Friuli region of northeastern Italy. It is dry, crisp and and can be served with shellfish or in a “Martini Royale” cocktail.

Disclosure and procedures: Wine sent by a vendor at no cost to reviewer. The local reseller named after a price quote is the one who, on wine-searcher.com, had the lowest price. Wines sent by vendors may not be reviewed and will not be returned. Wines considered the most meritorious in the opinion solely of the reviewer, are the ones most likely to be reviewed.


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MartiniFest This Saturday

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Cool River is having a martini party and they are inviting you. Here you can choose from 20 different vodkas from around the world and sip away. There will be plenty of mixologists and brand reps to tend to your needs, including the Aylesbury Duck Vodka with Jason Kosmas in the house.

In addition to the martinis chef Rodman Shields will be sending out passed appetizers for the crowd to enjoy. The cost of the evening is $25 in advance, which includes tax and gratuity, or $29.95 at the door, which does not include tax and gratuity. There will also be plenty of giveaways and raffles for fun items.

The evening starts at 7:30 tomorrow, Saturday August 17, 2013.

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Pop Tarts Popping Up Everywhere

pop tartby Steven Doyle

Remember that time when I said jokingly “I do not want to live in a world with Pop Tart flavored vodka”. Time for me to make a deal with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an exit strategy to Mars, because the geniuses who make Corn Flakes and Eggo Waffles released their own line of vodka.

I do not suspect we will be finding the brand of vodka competing for well space with the likes of our beloved Aylesbury Duck from Jason Kosmas in local bars such as Standard Pour or Smyth, but the spirit will definitely move some to offer a S’Mores martini using the Kellogg’s product.  Continue reading


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