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National Martini Day!

And if you, like myself, have missed this in previous years, and were not appropriately aware of today's significance until you saw this diary, then obviously, you and I know where the blame squarely lies: the GOP and their obstructionist policies are obviously responsible for the lack of promotion of important national holidays. Budget cuts and misplaced austerity measures, funding foreign wars, cuts to seniors who've been making martinis since Bogie first kissed Bacall, and the inability for those called to the Vocation of Mixology to not be able to secure student loans for professional training programs. It's undermining this great country of ours. Don't believe me? How many fine neighborhood establishments have you personally seen go belly-up during the continuing Bush Recession? Back when we had a budget surplus, the celebration of a great American invention, which has brought our cocktail culture to the world over, and endeared us to billions, surely would have had enjoyed its proper dignified place in history.

If that's not a damned good reason to support and vote for Democratic candidates, I don't know what is.

In celebration of today, I share with you all my secret family recipe for Marty-ritas (so named after both my brother and my dad). It's a ratio-recipe, so you can, like us, make it by the glass, pitcher, or bathtub, depending on your own personal Pursuit of Happiness.

3 Parts Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
2 Parts Nellie & Joe's Famous Key Lime Juice
1 Part Triple Sec
Pinch of Kosher salt (in the drink, in addition to the salted rim of the glass)
Agave Nectar sweetener to taste

You can, of course, blenderize this with ice for a frozen margarita, or just shake it real good with crushed ice and serve it in your favorite martini glass. (Or keg cup, or fishbowl, or bucket... for those of us too lazy to get up for refills every 6 ounces).
God Bless Diversity and God Bless America!

I leave you with the wit and wisdom of my personal favorite of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin:

I raise my glass to you, fellow Patriots.

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How do you like your Martini, Kossack?

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

    by Cinnamon on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:22:51 PM PDT

  •  gin (preferably hendrick) (5+ / 0-)

    chilled glass, swirl the vermouth and pour it out, strain the chilled gin into the glass and add an olive or twist (i prefer a twist).

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:36:22 PM PDT

  •  Time to shelibrate (4+ / 0-)
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    Cinnamon, commonmass, PSzymeczek, rb608

    "Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary." George Washington

    by civil wingnut on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:36:36 PM PDT

  •  Excellent!! (3+ / 0-)
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    Cinnamon, commonmass, PSzymeczek

    I think a martini in a chilled glass is my patriotic duty.  My wife isn't going to be thrilled, but, hey, one must do for one's country, what one must do.

    "A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." Anon from a fortune cookie I got.

    by coloradocomet on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:39:53 PM PDT

  •  A martini is gin and vermouth, period. (7+ / 0-)

    Just because it is served in a cone-shaped "Martini" glass does not make it a Martini. Sorry, I'm old fashioned.

    Now there are many ways to make a martini. ALL of them involve gin. Here's how I make my martini:

    Six to Eight Oz. Gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire
    Vermouth
    twist of lemon zest or large olives: stuffed or not (I like two small anchovy stuffed olives imported from Spain if I use olives: usually, I prefer the twist).

    Take a cone-shaped glass and fill it with crushed ice and water to chill, set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin and shake gently for about 20 seconds. Allow to rest while emptying the ice out of the glass. Rinse glass with a little dry white vermouth (I use Noilly-Prat) and discard vermouth. Strain contents of shaker into glass and garnish with lemon or olive. Add a cocktail onion instead, and you have a GIBSON.

    VARIATIONS: One can also add a dash of bitters or absinthe. Just a dash. With a dash of absinthe was the way Bertie Wooster, the P.G. Wodehouse character, liked them.

    Speaking of Spain:

    Legendary Spanish/French/Mexican film director Luis Bunuel makes a "Martini Dry":

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    Characters in a Bunuel film (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) discuss and make "un Martini Dry":

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    Happy Martini Day from a hard-core purist martini drinker!

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:43:29 PM PDT

    •  Love that Sapphire (3+ / 0-)
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      Try the olive stuffed with bleu cheese.

      "Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary." George Washington

      by civil wingnut on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:46:15 PM PDT

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      •  I love them, but not in my drink. (1+ / 0-)
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        civil wingnut

        I nearly always take a twist. If it's Hendrick's, I take nothing but gin.

        Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

        by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:47:04 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not sure if I should be mad at you or grateful (2+ / 0-)
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          commonmass, mayim

          that we never met up at Netroots Nation for that martini you promised me {grin}!

          ...it's gotta be grateful because Kaili caught me before you did and started me on the road to Netroots Nation martini-heaven the very first night.  And she did such a good job I have no recollection if I drank 3....or 4 {blush}!

          I don't believe I was capable of drinking ANYTHING the rest of the week {big grin}.

          As of 02/22/2012 in Washington State pharmacists can exercise their "religious freedom" by denying women access to Plan B because the judge thinks there aren't any bigots in this state.

          by FlamingoGrrl on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 03:10:17 PM PDT

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    •  Yesyesyesyesyesyesyes! (5+ / 0-)

      OK, I am a troglodyte, but it makes me livid to see advertised as "martinis" drinks made with, e.g., vodka and juice, without a drop of either gin or vermouth.

      Feh on this pretentious posturing!  An olive in the eyes of the ignorant masses!

      A martini is made with gin and vermouth.  Only gin and vermouth make a martini.  Drinks with other stuff ain't martinis.

      Thank you.

      PS i don't like martinis, I'll take manhattans, but still...

      Scisne me e terra ea naso tolere posse?

      by penguins4peace on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:49:09 PM PDT

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      •  Well, you came to the right place: (3+ / 0-)
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        The Commonmass Family Manhattan, cause of more than one broken chair and stepped-on cat:

        (I make my Manhattans with Rye because I detest Bourbon but they can be made with both)

        Four oz. Rye or Bourbon

        1 Oz. Sweet Vermouth

        Generous dash Angostura Bitters

        Wee dash of cherry juice, if you like

        Shake all together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serve in a cone-shaped glass or in an old-fashioned glass with ice, if desired. Garnish with a cocktail cherry soaked in vermouth.

        This recipe comes to me from my grandfather, from the "Mad Men" era.

        Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

        by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:55:27 PM PDT

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        •  Ah... (3+ / 0-)
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          Now that's a real Manhattan.  And they are so hard to get anymore.

          I'm a bartender, and I lament the inability of so many of my brethren to make a good one.

          By the way, if a good rye is available that's the way to go.  The spiciness offsets the sweetness of the vermouth nicely.  

          If the founding fathers thought corporations were people why didn't they just say so?

          by Notthemayor on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:58:39 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks. Manhattans and Martinis (4+ / 0-)

            are two drinks that I rarely order in bars, unless I know the bartender and he knows how I like them.  Once, at the bar at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA (where some friends and I would often gather on Friday afternoons for a Martini) I said to a nOOb bartender "here, let me show you" and hopped behind the bar and gave him a lesson. Being a regular, no one stopped me but the look on his face was priceless.

            Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

            by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:06:44 PM PDT

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            •  I don't even bother making real Martinis anymore. (1+ / 0-)
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              commonmass

              Nobody under 70 wants the vermouth.  Younger than that and they've grown up straight chilled vodka (mostly) or gin.

              So I quit adding it years ago, unless somebody asks.  It's a lot easier to add than it is to take out.

              But hey, though it's a small movement to date maybe the craft cocktail bars will shake things up the way craft beer did.

              We can only hope.

              If the founding fathers thought corporations were people why didn't they just say so?

              by Notthemayor on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 01:08:35 AM PDT

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        •  Excellent! (2+ / 0-)
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          commonmass, Cinnamon

          On my way to try one now.

          Thanks!

          Scisne me e terra ea naso tolere posse?

          by penguins4peace on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:15:07 PM PDT

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    •  I learned from Patrick Dennis... (2+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, civil wingnut

      sadly, the part where he  actually makes tthe drink, and explains to stir, never shake, "it bruises the gin" was cut off, this was the best clip I could find...

      Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

      by Cinnamon on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:56:54 PM PDT

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      •  Stirring and shaking can be done in a cocktail (2+ / 0-)
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        Cinnamon, civil wingnut

        shaker, it is a matter of vigorous-ness. Shaking to the point of causing ice crystals to form in the drink is not good for gin drinks. Stirring in one of those preposterous pitchers you see in 60's movies is fine, if you like your martini on the rocks--which is possible and acceptable--but really awful if you like it "up" unless you like warm, watered-down gin.

        Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

        by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:01:27 PM PDT

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    •  I have trained many a mixologist (0+ / 0-)

      in the proper terminology for martinis

      A dry dirty martian with extra eyeballs

      I loves the large Spanish stuffed olives
      Bombay or Beefeater (aka rocket fuel)

      "People who see a contradiction between science and the bible don't really understand either." PvtJarHead

      by Tinfoil Hat on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:00:48 PM PDT

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  •  By the way, cinnamon, I love your margarita (2+ / 0-)
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    Cinnamon, civil wingnut

    recipe and will try it. I am so passionate about martinis that I feel like I hijacked your thread. It was unintentional, simply a product of intense enthusiasm and the fact that I happen to be in the rare position of being completely out of gin. ;)

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:03:37 PM PDT

  •  I thought it was national bourbon day (3+ / 0-)
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    We already have death panels. They're called insurance companies.

    by aztecraingod on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:09:58 PM PDT

  •  i ♥ foofy martinis! n/..t (0+ / 0-)

    Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

    by Cedwyn on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:56:16 PM PDT

  •  Without vermouth, it's not a martini... (0+ / 0-)

    it's a glass of cold gin.

    Which may well be a good thing, but a martini, it ain't.

    Here's how to arrive at your personal correct proportion:

    Mix carefully measured small martinis with ratios from 4:1 through 8:1. Taste them as you make them. You'll figure out which you like almost immediately.

    I settled on 6:1, your taste buds may vary.

    Martinis are one of a few cocktails that MUST be accurately measured. With my preferred 6:1 mix, 2 tablespoons of gin and one teaspoon of vermouth not only gets the mix correct, it makes for a nice fill in most cocktail glasses.

    Also, martinis must be served COLD. As cold as you can get them, and in a very cold glass. A warm martini is vile beyond words.

    --Shannon

    "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
    "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

    by Leftie Gunner on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:25:24 PM PDT

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