His and Her Martinis
On July 19, 2007 the world was introduced to the offices of Sterling Cooper. On April 5, 2015 we will begin our final farewell journey with them. What are we to do? Why, #PartyLikeAMadMan of course! I can think of no better way to party than with His and Her Martinis!
Yes, it is the final season of Mad Men!! We will not go gentle into that good night – no we will go out with a party!! A Virtual Mad Men Finale Party, that is! When I heard that Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin had written a cookbook, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men (which I will review later!), and that not only had they written a fantastic cookbook, but they were hosting a Virtual Mad Men Party, I practically sprained a finger or two typing up a quick email to ask, beg, plead to join.
Wasn’t it Groucho Marx who said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member?” Well, I am so glad to be a member of this club! People who love Mad Men are my peeps. I was born in the 50’s (please don’t do the math, just rest assured I am old) and grew up in the 60’s. I love that time. I love skinny ties, bouffant hairdos, and cocktail hours. Especially cocktail hours.
So, when Judy asked me what I was making, I didn’t hesitate to say a cocktail. Or two. Possibly three. I wasn’t sure what I would make, but I was leaning towards keeping it simple and classic, just like Mad Men. It doesn’t get much simpler or more classic than a martini.
Of course, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook comes with a martini recipe and even gives a little history of the martini. The name martini first appeared in The New and Improved Bartending Manual, published in 1888, so they’ve been around awhile! I always associate them with 50’s and 60’s coolness. Think James. James Bond.
There are only so many ways to vary a martini because it is basically two ingredients, gin and vermouth. I didn’t want to go to far from the classic with things like sour apple or pumpkin martini, but I did want to make His and Her Martinis. His would be classic and her’s would be a slight variation. For her martini, I used some infused vermouth – Vermouth de Provence that I had made before. This made her martini just a little bit different, a slight bit more floral. Very slight. Nothing too dramatic. We like classics here.
His and Her Martinis
Some infused Vermouth gives a little extra flavor to the "hers" martini.
- 1/8 ounce dry vermouth Vermouth de Provence for hers
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
Chill martini glasses.
Pour vermouth and gin into mixing glass filled with ice. Stir.
Strain martini into martini glass.
Garnish with olives.