Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

I'd been planning a good old fashioned dose of drunken behaviour today, actually planning to blog once I'd returned from my outing at Tavern United McPhillips tonight.

However, upon further thought, I probably won't be able to type. So, with that in mind, I figured I'd get it out of the way now, while I'm still reasonably sober.

My pal Cherenkov has asked the following:

Now ... Got any ideas on how I can make a decent orange-flavoured martini?

What? Do you have to ask?

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and the noble pursuit of drunkenness, I will share three of my recipes with my "loyal" following:

Basic recipe:
2oz Gin
1/2oz french vermouth
2 dashes Cointreau
1 dash Grand Marnier
(adjust levels of Cointreau and Grand Marnier to taste)

Alternate recipe:
2oz Stolichnaya Ohranj vodka (you can "get away" with using Absolut Orange if you must)
1/2oz Noilly Prat vermouth
1 dash Cointreau
1 dash Grand Marnier
drop Angostura bitters
(adjust levels of Cointreau and Grand Marnier to taste)

Finally, as my gift to all of you, here is my personal, closely guarded, BRAND SPECIFIC recipe I call "The Hundred Years' War" (which I've also submitted to Drinksmixer):

3oz Plymouth Gin
1oz Noilly Prat vermouth
1/4oz Cointreau
1 drop Angostura bitters
(Keep the level of Cointreau the way it is, or I'll break your legs!)

Pour vermouth and Cointreau into a martini shaker half-full of crushed ice and swirl for a second or two. Pour gin into shaker and shake vigorously.

Pour into a chilled Martini glass and add a drop of Angostura bitters.

All these recipes are meant to be "shaken, not stirred". Some connoisseurs will tell you that you should always stir a Gin martini to avoid "bruising" the Gin.

Being a temperamental sort, I enjoy bruising things, so all my martinis are shaken regardless of ingredients.

Of course, a request for an orange flavoured Martini is especially funny on St. Patrick's day, considering I'm part Irish as well as a Protestant (therefore an Orangeman)!

Incidentally, if you find yourself at or near Tavern United on McPhillips around 5:30pm today, stop by and say hello! Look for the thirtysomething redhead wearing green (that should narrow it down, eh?)


  1. Looks like I'll have to pick up a thing or two at my friendly neighbourhood LC. Thanks. :-)

  2. Just doing my part to further the cause!

    As for the Angostura bitters, you can buy a bottle from Safeway or IGA. They usually have it in the same section as the non-alcoholic beer, Lime Cordial, grenadine syrup, and Tom Collins mix.

    Er, so I've been told...


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