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.