In one of my previous posts I mentioned New Year's resolutions - more specifically my inability to keep them. I think the trouble is most of them tend to be chores; difficult sacrifices that are, above anything else, not a lot of fun. And so at the start of this year I decided to lumber myself with a resolution that, apart from the financials involved, has no real downside - to always keep a well-stocked liquor cabinet. And it is my commitment to such a resolution that led to me enjoying a couple of my favourite drinks on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The things I do for you guys...
My first drink for you all is my idea of the perfect martini. I've started to make it my Friday night tradition - to come home, dump my stuff and reflect on a hard week of work with a martini in one hand and the TV remote in the other. I guess you could say I fancy myself a bit of a James Bond, only without the looks, wardrobe and sense of adventure, and if 007 got himself a job in marketing.
Start with a good quality gin. This stuff - The Botanist - is bloody fantastic. Crafted by a Scottish distillery, this one was a Christmas present from my fiancee. Girl done well.
Over the past few months I've been experimenting with different measures and mixes and this one just does it for me. Pour three shots of a good gin and one shot of dry martini (or vermouth) into a cocktail shaker. Add a few ice cubes and give it a good shake.
Pour over lemon peel into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a few olives on a cocktail stick. The lemon is up to you, the olives are compulsory. That, my friends, is my perfect martini.
This next drink I first discovered in a bar in Manchester. I ordered it on the advice of a barman and although it wasn't cheap (£13 is arguably a lot to spend on 50ml of liquid...), it was indeed damn good. It's called The Godfather and it's as simple as it is brilliant.
Mix equal parts amaretto with Bulleit Bourbon. That's it. Told you it was easy. The bourbon cuts through the sweetness of the amaretto, and the amaretto just takes the edge off the bourbon. This is, quite simply, the perfect drink. Try it. Trust me.
So that's what I got for you today. A couple of my favourite drinks that I couldn't recommend highly enough. Give them a go. If nothing else, they will make for an absolutely fantastic Sunday afternoon.