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Old 04-18-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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The martini evolution or revolution

My wife is stocking the trailer with some strange looking bottles of liquor I don't even recognize (Whipped Cream Vodka).
We've been going to a lot of charity auctins lately and they usually have a pretty good "complimentary bar" to oil you up before the bidding begins. I've noticed that there is an explosion of drinks of all manner and they are calling them all martinis.
My FIL and I have from time to time enjoyed this drink at partys, but he would only WAVE the bottle of vermouth in front of the glass filled with gin, drop in an olive and call it good. He always said he liked his very dry. I agree and would call this traditional. I have two questions
1. Are these exotic drinks recently being called martinis a regional thing (Seattle, Portland)?
2. What do you stock your Airstream with?
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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Grey Goose here...
And, strictly speaking, a martini should have vermouth in it to bear the name.

Oh yeah, I forgot about the gin, scotch, Southern Comfort, etc., etc.
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Grey Goose, straight up, 3 olives, "on the dry side".
I see the "martini thing happening here too, all kinds of concoctions! Iíve never ordered any so I have no idea what it is about.
My favorite time for a Martini is in the early evening before oysters at a favorite restaurant! It is certainly not an everyday (or even every week) indulgence.
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1. Are these exotic drinks recently being called martinis a regional thing (Seattle, Portland)?
No, they are a nationwide fad.

They grew out of a trend of highbrow bars and restaurants coming up with unusual Martinis, mostly based on additions of fruit and garnishes to the foundation of gin or vodka plus vermouth.

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2. What do you stock your Airstream with?
I have a collection of perhaps a dozen pint (375mL) bottles of unusual liquors, mainly for guests, and standard sized bottles of the basics. I try to have a couple of bottles of wine on hand, and avoid beer simply because it's so bulky and heavy.
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Sam drinks Grey Goose - but in the gimlet form. Me , I'm beer, wine and an occasional Tangueray and tonic.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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I'm a beer guy too. This is a good place to indulge. There are lots of taverns with an endless supply of locally produced ale. The Micro Breweries are almost as common as the coffee shops. Lots of wineries as well. These can be hit or miss.
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We usually carry vodka, run and tequila as staples and usually something like amaretto or kahlua and a spritzer with vermouth...and a variety of other mixers, depending...and oh, beer and a bottle of wine or two... When we have electricity we sometimes even take the blender so we can have frozen party drinks...mmmm. Those vintage portable bars are great for an Airstream. And we don't even drink that much...but gotta be prepared, y'know!
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We always have in the trailer, Gin, Vodka a spritzer with Vermouth. We order Jalapeno stuffed olives from Granzellas in Calif and Pickled onions from McSweets in Seattle, WA. Travel with those in the fridge. Also have wine, some beer and Mikes. Just added a small blender, so will add some Maragrita stuff for our going home taco night. Baileys and Kahula is always good, but don't always carry them on a regular basis. Part of what we have onboard depends on the time of year, where we are going and any guests we think may show up.
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Oh, danlehosky, you hit on one of my pet peeves. I'll even take it so far to say that a vodka martini is not a martini. It's a "vodka martini." A martini is *gin*, a splash of vermouth and a garnish. That's it. I just developed a website for a chain of restaurants that had a "Martini List" of nearly two dozen "martinis", and TWO of them actually contained gin. The rest were vodka plus something super sweet and fruity or something chocolatey. Grrr. If that's what people want to drink, fine, but don't call it a "martini".

Not sure why I get so up in arms about it. I'm a bourbon and Scotch Whisky girl myself. Give me a Manhattan, a Sazarac, or a Lagavulin (neat), please.

My husband doesn't drink, but I have a small "bar" (rubbermaid container under the bed) with what I consider my essentials:
Single Malt Scotch Whisky (distillery varies, but always highlands and peaty), Eagle Rare Bourbon, Pisco, Angustura and Peychaud's bitters, Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, Guinness. (I also picked up a awesome apple brandy when we were in NM, and have been making my own concoction of apple brandy, maple syrup and bitters).
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KerriO, Under the bed?????? I agree I don't drink them much either except with my FIL and his are just really Gin with an olive. I was just curious if this was just another west coast trend.
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Try the "Liz Taylor"...

Chill the glass with ice and water, dump

Spray the glass with Vermouth using a Chanel perfume spritzer

Pour in the ice gold vodka or gin

Garnish with olives

By the third you will be sh*t faced, so don't get in your TV and head for town.
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Well, we fulltiime so are low on cabinet space. The placement of the booze does not reflect upon its status, however. It *is* in the most accessible spot under the bed if that counts for anything! ;-)

ETA: Liz could do it right.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:36 AM   #13
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i like to drink martinis
Two at the very most
Three I'm under the table
Four I'm under the host
Dorothy Parker

I'm warming to the under the bed spot for storage. Conveinence and function.

SoCal Dave, I've wanted to try Liz Taylor for 40 years.
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They're insidious, those martiis-- basically a glassful of pure hard liqueur but fancier looking.
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