A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg
"Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet." —H. L. Mencken
I love Martinis, both with vodka and with traditional, old school gin. There's something about the shape of the glass, the warmth and smoothness of the booze, the saltiness of the olives … it makes me feel like a member of the Rat Pack or something. Very sophisticated.
As Frank Sinatra famously said to Dean Martin, "Let me fix you a Martini that's pure magic." To which Martin responded, "It may not make life's problems disappear, but it'll certainly reduce their size."
Ain't that the truth!
I recently had a particularly magical Martini at Holdren's (512 State St., 805/965-3363, holdrens.com/sb). They call it "The Perfect 10 Martini," made with Tanqueray #10 Gin and a splash of dry Vermouth. Ask for the blue cheese olive garnish, it's pure perfection. Especially during happy hour, which takes place every day from 4-6 p.m. Their $7 appetizer specials include spicy crab and artichoke dip, bruscetta and grilled Castroville artichokes. Just don't forget the Martini.
Quite civilized indeed. Cheers!
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