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The Martini-A Poem to Remember

Updated on April 5, 2019


Olives are the usual garnish, but I like lemons better.
Olives are the usual garnish, but I like lemons better. | Source



A drink easy to make

You chill a glass to begin.

Add ice so you can take

Either vodka or gin.

Choose and Pour, you count six,

Vermouth dashed right in.

Shake well, or stir, cold mix

Icy liquids will win.

For Rocks you pour the mix

Straight up, then you strain in

Twist and Circle lemon skin

or drop olive, the end.

Comments from the Bartender

Martinis are a classic drink. You will see them in the old black and white movies. The Thin Man comes to mind. William Powell and Myrna Loy were constantly making and enjoying them in those movies, as the movie characters Nick and Nora Charles.......I think.

One thing about poetry is that its original role is now occupied by writing. It has something to do with the way structure and rhythm in traditional poetic forms aid memory. So, I thought I would apply it to modern situations. (I cannot be the first to try this.) The first need to spring to mind is that bartenders need to memorize their recipes, so that’s my excuse for making drink recipes into poems. What do you think?

Bartender's Tidbits

For the nondrinkers reading this:

  • Vodka is a clear odorless alcoholic spirit distilled from wheat or potatoes. It is Russian in Origin.
  • Gin is a clear alcoholic spirit flavored by juniper seeds. It is English in Origin.
  • If you are going to start drinking, do everyone a favor and take a cab to the bar or party. At least don't be the designated driver.
  • Remember, alcohol does not make your problems go away, and you can have fun without alcohol.
  • Bartenders measure pours by counting, A four count is one ounce. A six count is 1-1/2 ounce. It is a surprisingly accurate method of measuring liquid, The spouts you see on top of liquor bottles in bars is what allows the pours to be that controlled,


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