For now, that is. I need to focus on work and, well, most things come to an end, no? Though the inevitable catastrophe of death awaits us all, not so for the finest cocktail: The Martini. As perfect as a sonnet, Mencken said. I began The Friday Cocktail Hour two and a half years ago with a martini (outraged, outraged!, when I ordered a martini and was asked which vodka I preferred). I attached a memory of the best martini of my life to my first book contract this spring. And with a martini I finish.
Because this concludes, for the nonce, my beloved Friday Cocktail Hour, we shall call this one the Is That All There Is? Martini. Gin, almost needless to say, flavored with vermouth and lemon, something to sip for comfort as we wait for That Final Disappointment.
Two ounces, no, three since we’re having just one. And a capful of vermouth. My preferred ratio is 5 to 1 gin to vermouth—but please, whatever you choose, enough vermouth so you can taste it.
And stirred. Many cocktails should be shaken. Martinis should not.
With a sigh, and as a chill front arrives in Clevelandtown, I will pour a martini tonight, bid summer goodbye, and prepare to get back to work. As Papa aptly noted, writers work best in fall because they feel death coming on. So it is in this household.
Is there an emoji for this?
Happy Friday, happy fall, a long and happy life to all.
If you liked this post, take a look at these links:
- My past cocktail posts: the Paloma, the Mint Julep, and the Rye Old-Fashioned.
- My hometown bar is the Velvet Tango Room.
- The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto, by Bernard DeVoto, is a lovely meditation on that lovely time of day.
- Check out the Evans & Peel Detective Agency, independent cocktail bar and restaurant in West London.
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- 3 ounces excellent gin (I prefer Beefeater)
- 1 capful vermouth (or to taste—meaning you can taste it)
- Lemon twist
- Combine the fluids in a vessel.
- Add plenty of ice. Let it sit for a half minute or so. Stir it for a half minute or so.
- Strain into a chilled glass. Add the twist.
- Cue Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is