Benjamin D. 14 Oct 2010
10:27 pm

I love the olive popper idea and will deffinitely try it for my next cocktail party. Thanks Kathy! I just have an extreme dislike for martinis made with so little vermouth. Come on modern people, you’re just drinking gin with ice water! This is something the late Victorians really had on us, especially with their use of orange bitters. But I know, I know, it’s a personal thing.

blair frodelius 15 Oct 2010
7:25 am

The martini is full of endless variations.  A great experiment is to try different ratios of vodka or gin and vermouth.  As with all cocktails, it’s really up to personal taste.  I always add a few dashes of orange bitters and a long twist of lemon peel. 

Re: shaken vs. stirred.  Try both and see which you prefer.  Generally, if you like a clear martini, stirring is better.  For a more diluted and slightly cloudy martini, give it a good shake.

Cheers!

Blair Frodelius
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Jeff Harrison 15 Oct 2010
7:57 am

I love the martini! I helps one sort out the newbies…the more rigid and “this is the ONLY way” someone is, you can tell they haven’t been at it long.

Agree with Benjamin D. on the vermouth; gimme a little more please - I like the flavour it brings.

Kathy Casey 19 Oct 2010
11:31 am

Glad you all are enjoying the poppers and love to hear everyones great martini comments - shaken or stirred ! :-)

Bo Galford 15 Nov 2010
10:59 am

We had the Oliver Poppers last night at our dinner party. They were a hit, delicious morsels. I found them easy to shape, just be firm and they do hold their heat!.

Kathy Casey 23 Nov 2010
9:11 am

HI Bo, glad you enjoyed the poppers! So good with a delicious martini!

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