Originally Posted by Flame
I had people tell me Gin or Vodka with tonic are for ladies. Is there any truth in this?
The 1960s cocktail for a student who was "soooo fisticated!" Nobody told me that martinis are implicitly gin.
The SF James Bond fans may enjoy this. In 1969, as undergrad student, I was taking an extra-curricular course in wine tasting from Harold and Frances Torbert in La Jolla.
Two of us (on the sly) were taken along by Dr. and Mrs. Torbert to a brunch garden party at the home of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The home overlooks La Jolla from what was a hillside WWII watchtower location that scouted for Japanese submarines!
From my reading of Ian Fleming's novels, I decided that one of Bond's vodka martinis would be just the ticket when a roving waiter asked for my drink order. I recited Bond's "shaken, not stirred" formula. The waiter rolled his eyes and sent me to the bar beneath a huge canopy alongside the house to go toe-to-toe with the bartender about my crazy request.
The bartender saw a naive, underage student coming from twenty paces and decided to have some fun. When he asked "dry or extra-dry?", I confidently stated: "extra-dry!"
Well, the bartender's way of making my martini "extra-dry" was to stir the vodka and ice before straining it into a proper glass. The vermouth? Extra-dry meant slowly passing the vermouth bottle between a strong light source (the afternoon's bright southern California sun) and the glass of chilled vodka poured for me only seconds before. He explained that a mere dry martini meant unscrewing the vermouth bottle cap two turns and shaking an actual drop of vermouth into the chilled vodka.
I washed-down my green eggs and ham with an extra-dry stirred vodka martini!