We joined one! We’ll be getting 12 bottles (six red, six white) every two months from Solano Cellars! D and I are hoping that with this we’ll get a good selection of wines and start to learn a little more about the various types of wine, what makes them good, and what pairs well with what wines! We picked Solano Cellars because they deal in small production wineries!
The wine list
As promised this week’s cocktail is the classic Martini. Being a classic one this martini is made using gin. Vodka martinis are good but they’re not a real martini. On top of that gin martinis taste a better than vodka ones. Yes, I said that. Wanna fight about it? Anyway let’s get to it!
There are numerous ways to serving a Martini, too many to go into here. You can splash in a little olive brine (Dirty Martini), you can replace the gin with vodka (Vodka Martini), you can use both gin, vodka, and a little Kina Lillet (Vesper Martini), and a thousand other variations that aren’t really martinis just cocktail served in a martini glass (appletini’s cherrytini’s, etc., etc.) You can even serve it over ice in an old fashioned glass. I went with an older recipe for the drink, common in the mid 20th century, that calls for more vermouth than is now used.
- 3 oz. Gin
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- lemon peel or olive (garnish)
Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink. Add garnish.
I didn’t know how to squeeze oil from a lemon peel. What I did instead was to pour the gin and vermouth through a sieve full of lemon zest. It seemed to impart a little of the lemony freshness into the drink. I’m not going to surprise anyone when I say this is a great cocktail. Simple, delicious, refreshing. All of that while imparting a sense of class and sophistication. Or that could just be me…
For this entire month my favorite video game podcast, On the Stick, has been covering horror games, or games that have horrifying elements. I was flattered to be asked and happy to contribute this year. I did two pieces, one on The Beast Within: a Gabriel Knight Mystery and another on Phantasmagoria both by Sierra On-line. There are a lot of other great games written up by a lot of great writers, some of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends!
Link: On the Stick’s Yet Another 31 Days of Horror