So imagine you’re in college. You’re a recently converted Presbyterian still shaking off bits and pieces of fundamentalism. You don’t have a ton of money. (See: “you’re in college.”) You’re also interested in learning about mixed drinks and particularly the tried-and-true classics. Here’s how you make a martini. It is still my preferred method:
Get a martini glass. (duh)
Pour a splash of bourbon or rye whiskey into the glass, swirl it around in the glass so that the entire inside of the glass is coated.
Add two shots of gin to a cocktail shaker and shake it for about 30 seconds with as much ice as the shaker can hold.
Strain the gin into the martini glass. Enjoy.
It’s the simplest, cheapest martini you’ll ever have and it’s still my favorite way to have one. I’ve made a couple over the past few Sundays as a way of celebrating the close of the Sabbath and as a kind of final indulgence before returning to Lenten practices on Monday.