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A Gentleman's Martini

A Gentleman’s Martini

Gentleman, noun.  -A well-mannered and considerate man with high standards.

I can’t call this a “BoozeGuru Original” because it’s completely NOT original.  Everything about this cocktail has been already been said by countless other folks. All I’m doing is listing everything in one single post.
I am following the rules here because presentation *does* matter. Stir, do not shake.

This is not a libation for snobs.  Snobs, by and large, are *not* gentlemen.
This is not a libation for a pedant.  Gentlemen have standards and rules, but do not force those rules on others.
This is not a libation for riffraff. Gentlemen are patient.  Riffraff have the attention span of a gnat.

This is a cocktail for a man who knows what he likes and is willing to wait to get it.

A Gentleman’s Martini

  • 2 ounces classic London Dry Gin: Tanqueray, Gordon’s or Beefeater
  • 1/2 ounce Martini brand Dry Vermouth
  • One pimento-stuffed Spanish olive, rinsed

Step One: Into your cocktail glass, place one large ice cube and two ounces of cold water.  Set aside.

Step Two: Into a tall glass, place your long mixing spoon and 4 large ice cubes.

Step Three: Pour your measured Gin, then your measured Dry Vermouth over the ice.

Step Three: Quote Keats, Yeats, Bradbury, Steinbeck, or Jackson.

Step Four: Stir gently.  Do not lift the spoon. Stir clockwise five rotations, pause, stir counter clockwise five rotations.

Step Five: Smile and nod.

Step Six: Empty the contents of your now chilled cocktail glass.

Step Seven: Strain the libation into the chilled cocktail glass & gently place the olive into it.

Step Eight:  Present the Gentleman his Martini.

Step Nine: If the Gentleman grasps the cocktail glass by any area other than the stem; snatch it away from him and dispose of the cocktail. This is *no* Gentleman.