Published Aug 14, 2007

Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a gin and tonic on a hot day— nothing a Campari and soda can’t fix, anyway — but sometimes you want something with a little more pizazz, and the champagne drinks are just too hoity-toity.1 Here’s my proposal for a nice brunch or post-brunch sippin’ martini.2

Noontime Martini

2 oz vodka
2 oz orange juice
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Yes, it’s a very strong screwdriver. No, it doesn’t taste like one — more like a smooth lemonade. It’s too strong to guzzle but quite soft and pleasant to sip. Now, granted, I made this one for the wondrous AIG, who is cooking me dinner at night when I’m feeling poorly,3 so I haven’t experimentally determined that it’d be good with brunch, but I have faith. Perhaps you, my faithful readers, can give me some reports from the field

1 And a Salty Dog’s not to everyone’s taste.

2 I’m aware that this is not actually a martini, but at least it’s not one of those awful Kamikaze-based “martinis,” and I’m not sure that there’s an obvious category that it fits in. Probably a sign of my ignorance, tho.

3 If she’s cooking dinner for me, I’d best be doing something nice for her! She deserves it.