One of my research assignments is “ISO the perfect Martini”. I’ve done a lot of research – not just drinking, but also asking around and asking people who think about such things. I have a three page correspondence from an esteemed faculty member of the prestigious Ivey Business School on his own research and thoughts!
While i sit with all that, and consider a book publication, i wonder if the martini is so personal that it’s somehow linked to one’s own DNA/heritage.
If so, I believe I’ve discovered the perfect Swedish Martini all one my own. Although the Jacobson part of my family that immigrated from Sweden were almost certainly teetotalers, there is something about this recipe that hits to my core.
Swedish Martini recipe
2 parts Vodka
I part Martini glass
One small ice cube [really small]
Whisper the words “pickled herring” and “vermouth” as you drop the ice cube in the martini glass
Garnish with a toast to the Tre Kronor and repeat
One of the funniest Oke family references is … “Before u leave the house, think of the acromyn ‘WOWEE’
Wallet, phOne, Wkeys, Egg, Back up Egg
I don’t even pretend to understand the level of silliness that makes my daughters tick. Actually, I do try to understand, but mostly just nod and laugh at/with them.
This past week my daughter M and i discovered Stolichnaya Gold Vodka. Dang, those Latvians make a fine vodka. I was also interested in drinking “Stoli” after watching Stranger Things [i won’t spoil anything]. Stoli Gold [as the cool LCBO workers call it] is on sale right now and is delicious served straight at room temperature – it’s equally delicious served out of the freezer with a grapefruit peel. I do love the oily film that the freezer gives my vodka. I also love how pretty it photographs.
Stoli Gold – now the official vodka of pullthecork, so i bought a backup.
Egg, backup egg
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I love rules. I love making them up.
I’m crafting a house whiskey rule. It’s loosely based on the the “dating somebody younger than you” rule [that rule is “half your age + 7, so i’ve been told].
*btw – house whiskey, according to Urban Dictionary.com, is the whiskey that you normally drink and don’t save for a special occasion.
My house whiskey gets more expensive every year so I made up a House Whiskey Rule. “My age – $15” is my new price point.
This allows the younger people to buy up Johnnie Walker Red and Crown Royal whatever it’s called and leaves me with a good selection of choices.
Right now my new rule allows me to drink Jameson Caskmates. Well played Travis. At $39 a bottle one can only guess my age. Dang I look good for $39.
Also, I can look forward to growing into more expensive house whiskies. If I live to the age of 315 I can drink Johnnie Walker Blue every day! Happy thought indeed.
I’ve decided that i’m going to do a series of misleading titles for my articles. An hommage to “fake news” as it were. So i start with “Martini & Squash”, a combination that works terribly gastronomically, but brilliantly in a photo session.
Also, when i say “martini”, this is really just gin in a cool stemless martini glass with a bit of grapefruit peel. I know, it’s really deceptive – but today i wore my WWRD* bracelet and i can’t help myself.
So pretty photo huh. Great little squashes huh. Good use of the word huh, huh?.
*What Would a Republican Do
This Cinco de Mayo consider the piñata [cinco de mayo loosely translates as “the fifth of May”]. Beautiful, noble beasts that are the life of the party. But there is a dark side so obvious that i’ve missed it before today.
We tell Señor Piñata how beautiful he is, hug him, stuff him full of candy, make him feel loved, invite some friends over for a piñata party, and then bash the heck out of him with a bat! What kind of a sick joke is that?
Also, Napoleon sounds like a jerk. Also, i’ve heard he has bad breath.
So get yourself to a cinco de mayo party today. The Guava Saison is selling like Mexican hot cakes at the Muddy York and they have a party today.
Or go out and buy a gateway tequila that may lead to other more expensive tequilae.
Isn’t it fitting that the Mexicans rode humongous chickens while defeating the Spanish? Also, this delicious tequila is under $40.
And the happy ending to this story – besides the Mexicans not being held under Spanish oppression – is that this little guy was rescued by my daughter M and is now safely in a burro sanctuary.
I have an affinity for the scotch whisky Bowmore 12. It is a perfect blend of sweet and salty with hints of peat that speak to me. I’m convinced that I love the taste of the sea and the smell of peat because it’s in my Irish and Scottish DNA. If I was a rich man I would drink it often. However, $65 a bottle runs a little higher than my “daily dram” should.
Well good news everyone – I found Bowmore 12’s little sister. Té Bheag [pr. che-vek, and say it like a Klingon just for fun] is a delicious $40 blended scotch whisky. It’s not a refined, fine filly of a single malt that nuzzles up to you, but she’s a noble beast in her own right [i tried my hand a poetry there – I’ll stick with blogging maybe].
The collection – and yes that is a ferret guarding the Whiskey cellar