Happy Hour – Hawkeye’s Gin Martini

When you think martini you probably think Bond, James Bond, right?  Shaken, not stirred?  A big, ole, yucky olive?

Nope. Nope. Nope.  Absolutely not.

I guess I’m a cocktail snob but one of my biggest pet peeves is when I order a martini and it’s automatically assumed I want a dirty vodka martini.

When I think martini I immediately think Hawkeye Pierce, MASH 4077. Dry, drier, driest. To me that is the only way to go!

In the words of Hawkeye:

“I’d like a dry martini, Mr. Quoc, a very dry martini. A very dry, arrid, barren, desiccated, veritable dustbowl of a martini. I want a martini that could be declared a disaster area. Mix me just such a martini.”

“I’m pursuing my lifelong quest for the perfect, the absolutely driest martini to be found in this or any other world. And I think I may have hit upon the perfect formula. You pour six jiggers of gin, and you drink it while staring at a picture of Lorenzo Schwartz, the inventor of vermouth.”

Hawkeye’s Gin Martini

2 oz. gin (my go-to is St. George Terroir but I like to experiment)
1 oz. dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: lemon peel

Combine all ingredients (minus lemon peel) in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Source: Ruth’s Table, 2017

One Comment Add yours

  1. writinstuff says:

    I love a good martini and especially a dirty one but I never thought to use bitters and a lemon peel. Thanks!

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