Monday, July 20, 2009

It pains my heart

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

One of the little jobs I do now is bartend at a downtown bar a few nights a week. Summer is often a little slower at some bars so it offers me some time to talk to patrons. Unfortunately, sometimes those conversations are painful.

Take, for instance, one group of young revelers on a particularly slow Sunday night. When the conversation turned to martinis I mentioned how I'm a classic martini kind of guy... just gin and vermouth for me.
One young lady was shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that martinis are made with anything except vodka. She thought that martinis are only made with vodka. I just about had a coronary right there. What are they teaching kids in school these days? While vodka is OK in a martini, it was developed for those who don't have the nads to drink gin. Suck it up girlie.

Which came first, the gin or vodka martini? If you guessed vodka, then go back to drinking school. Which, is exactly what I'm going to do, host a drinking school. If all goes well, I'll be posting notices in this blog when and where we'll be having drinking class. People have forgotten how to drink properly so I'm going to do something about it.

The first one will be at the Bouquet in a few weeks and will cover bourbon. Do you know the difference between neat and straight-up? On the rocks vs. water back? What proof means and how it compares to alcohol percentage? And, how to deal with those pesky cheap whiskeys in plastic bottles. My suggestion is to use as a fire starter when camping.

So, my little vodka martini pansies, email me at to get more info when it comes available about the classes. And please order a gin martini.

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