|c. dy godsey|
Strain into cocktail glass and carry on....The drink of choice might look like a Martini, but around the house we call it a Martian, and we're pretty loose about how you like it. By now, everybody knows the history of the classic cocktail whose elegant glassware popularly bears its name. The Martian has its own history. Back before I started bartending, my sister made it a New Year's Resolution to try a new cocktail every month. That year we made rickeys and toddies and and all types of things, but the Grey Goose Martini took hold and got re-christened shortly thereafter. Now it is a tradition when my sisters are all together, and it's a clean, easy go-to in between.
The Kangaroo, or Vodka Martini, can be made with any vodka. Not in this house, but technically it can. Historically, we made ours with Grey Goose. I recently discovered how perfectly suited is the Rehorst to my preferred formula (below), and I also like to buy the occasional "surprise" bottle, like Australia's CooranBong. But when I'm clocked out, at home and making a cocktail for myself, my tastes are very simple. I'm not a Fernet-drinking hipster, nor am I simmering a complicated batch of bitters or syrup. I'm Plain Jane. It has been said that I am so uncomplicated as to be practically a single-celled organism (which I find strangely flattering).