Friday, March 31, 2006

The Green Tea Martini: An Analysis

Last night I made the green tea martini. The recipe calls for a tsp of Cointreau, an ounce of chilled green tea and two ounces of orange flavored vodka with a drop of simple syrup. I omitted the simple syrup because of the sugar in the Cointreau - I'm more of a savory person than sweet - and added chopped fresh ginger to the green tea.

I then recalled the scene from The Thin Man when Nick Charles, played by William Powell, explains proper technique:

The important thing is the rhythm! Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.

So I shook the green tea martini at a waltz time and then poured it into a chilled martini glass. The color was reminiscent of chardonnay. The orange and ginger dominated the taste of the green tea, leaving a fresh zing on the palette. Unlike the classic martini, or even the vodka martini, this cocktail is a featherweight. You start to feel unconditional love for all of humankind at about three-quarters of the way through the drink.


J.K. Mahal said...

Yes, it is great for that unconditional love -- not to mention it makes a zingy addition to chicken in hoisin sauce. :)

Definitely a drink to make again -- with the proper rhythm, of course. And the proper accessories -- i.e. good friends.

Hmm.. I think I have a chocolate martini recipe that has some people's name on it.

Love ya,

Dana Diamond said...

Recipe for a Fabulous Time

Mix equal parts Green Martini with Good Friends. Garnish with Unconditional Love.

:) d

PS Jen, chocolate, huh? Hmmm...I don't know...Well, maybe just for research purposes... ;)

Erica Orloff said...

Well, Mary . . . you fianlly did it! Thank you for your martini research, which benefits all of mankind/womankind. At least us martini-swillin' folks. I'll have to try it!


celiamarti said...

It's a good thing that you girls are 21!! Love from your 2nd Mom!!

Dana Diamond said...

You know...that is a fantastic point!

As we all know, I'm terrible with recipes. I completely forgot to add the dash of Designated Driver!

And for any YAs that might be lurking, I'm 21. Okay, I'm 22, but who's counting.

;) d

Camy Tang said...

Yum! Sounds like something I'll have to try.


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