Monday, May 29, 2017

I Need A Stiff Drink

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein

What does that have to do with needing a stiff drink? Well, with Antifa larping like they're real revolutionaries, when most of them are beta males trying to score enough SJW good boy points to get some attention from cat eye glasses wearing manatees with pink hair or are cat eye glasses wearing manatees with pink hair themself, it occurs to me that one of the skills of a refined man is the ability to mix a good drink. In point of fact I think that has to be the biggest omission from Heinlein's list.

There are a lot of good drinks out there to be enjoyed in good company. I'm fond of scotch neat, but a choice popularized by the archtypal mans man James Bond is the vodka martini, and no, I don't mean that abomination in Casino Royale. You don't mix vodka and gin in a martini, it muddles the flavors. What I am actually talking about is the classic vodka martini he orders in the books. The latest flick, got it right with him requesting a grain vodka in Belvedere, and Bond in the books actually requests Russian or Polish vodka, historically the two oldest producers of the libation.

Here is a basic vodka martini recipe that you can start off with.


  • 1.5 to 2 ounces vodka
  • Dash of dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Garnish: olive or lemon peel


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and vermouth and shake vigorously for just a few moments, don't bruise the liquor.
  3. Strain the beverage into a chilled martini glass
  4. Serve with garnish. 
I personally prefer to go a little heavy on the vodka and use a larger than standard martini glass because of it, and usually go with extra dry vermouth to give it a harder edge, I'm also of the opinion that using cocktail onions or fruit beyond a lemon peel makes it too close to a gimlet, which you can make by adding lime juice and simple syrup.

Remember to enjoy responsibly, don't drink and drive, and if you are going out always have a designated driver, nothing says class like being prepared.

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