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FCB: Givin’ Martini a Bad Name…

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A sincere request to lovers of alcohol everywhere…to stop appending the name ‘Martini’ at the end of any random fruity, colorful liquor concoction.

Even otherwise erudite bloggers are at it, tweeting about something called Mango Martini ! As far as I can see, it is just a variation of the SATC-popularized cocktail Cosmopolitan, with mango juice replacing the cranberry. Nothing against anyone liking it (although, personally I think it is a bit of  a waste of Triple-sec trying to pair its sweet-orange taste to the mango juice, the latter is just awesome on its own). But a ‘martini’, it ain’t, so someone should at least come up with an alternative name.

Nitin also RTs someone suggesting another abomination, The Espresso Martini, as a drink that ‘rejuvinates…like nothing else’.   The drink is  pretty much a shot of espresso added to a slight variation of the  White Russian theme, so yeah – stop calling it a martini !!!   As for the drink itself, I guess to each his own – but mixing coffee and alcohol is usually not my cup of tea (I do, however, on occasion don’t mind a well made Irish Coffee); you are sitting on the precipice of starting to drink the nightclub-sustaining Vodka/Redbull mixes. Besides, why add coffee when the recipe already calls for substantial coffee liqueur  (1.5 parts Kahlua) ? I’d rather go with a simple Black/White Russian. Finally, coffee flavor-based cocktails are supposed to be desert drinks, so not sure of the rejuvenating aspect either. I would suggest going for a Mint Julep, Caipirinha, or a Collins if you are going for ‘refreshing’, and pretty much a shot of any strong liquor – perhaps a bourbon/whiskey – if rejuvenation of the soul is required.

(Semi-regular posting of cocktail recipes for FCB will happen sometime in the future – or not. Life is logistically pretty messy now, and it is much easier here  in the US to step out on a Friday evening and enjoy cheap but well-made cocktails! And in  great company🙂 )

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

September 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

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  1. […] FCB: Givin’ Martini a Bad Name… « Recurring Decimals….. […]

  2. Naturally fell upon you to put a Russian in its place and raise a call for the sanctity of a martini. Well written, master mixer. I myself have often fumed at the practice of calling any abomination served in a funnel-shaped cocktail glass some variant of martini.

    Partha

    September 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

  3. @Partho: Thank you for the kind words. I would be interested in knowing your preferred version of the Martini. Mine can be found in this post

    BongoP'o'ndit

    September 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

  4. My preferred version matches yours almost word par word. I like it stirred better than shaken, and I like it somewhere between completely dry and fully sweet ( about 7-10 ml of vermouth for 2 fluid oz of gin). Though because it is difficult to source Bombay Saffire in these parts, I often use Blue Riband. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a half bad gin.

    Partho

    September 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm


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