Martini Quotes

"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube.

I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Top Ten Things To Do Whilst Enjoying A Martini

10.  Poolside - Being the middle of winter in New England, and there being 5 feet of snow on the ground with another 2 feet in the forecast, this definitely comes in at  number 10 on the list.  If I would have composed this list during a balmier season, it would have most certainly  been higher on the list. The cool icy nature of the Martini against a backdrop of summer fun are enticing indeed.  I am anxiously looking forward to the time when I can enjoy an ice cold Martini while manning the grill in the outdoor kitchen with Jimmy Buffet playing in the background.  While the kids enthusiastically take advantage of the 85 degree water in the pool, I prefer a nice soak in the bubbling spa with its relaxing water massage.

9.   Fireside -  On a related note, my favorite activity after a dip in the spa is relaxing in an Adirondack chair by the fire.  Sipping a Martini by the fire is a sublime undertaking.  As the evening air begins to chill, the dancing flames of the campfire bring back the warmth.  Sitting back, enjoying the stars, hearkens back to a more primordial time as the flames conjure up a connection with our past.  The Martini completes the journey.

8.   Philosophical musings are a natural extension then.  Sit by the fire, look up at the stars, enjoy the Martini and wonder.  What is your place in the universe and the nature of existence?    So many great minds have pondered so many perplexing things.  From Aristotle and Aquinas to Locke, Kant, and Nietzsche, to name but a few, all embarked on a journey of examination of human understanding.  But, how many of them were able to enjoy a really good Martini?   Does religion help to make sense of it all, or, is the Martini in itself enough?  Martini existentialism - a new branch of philosophy is born.  
"Zen martini: A martini with no vermouth at all. And no gin, either."   P.J. O'Rourke

7.    Conversation :con·ver·sa·tion 
  1. the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words.
    "the two men were deep in conversation"
    synonyms:discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tete-a-tete, heart-to-heart, exchange, dialogue 
Nothing loosens the lips and lubricates the machinations of the mind like a good Martini.     

6.    Cooking and mixing a fine Martini go hand in hand.  The process is complementary.  Consider the ingredients, the aromas, and how they come together.   Next time you are preparing dinner (I would not recommend a Martini for breakfast), allow yourself the pleasure of a Martini.  It gets the culinary juices flowing.  It aids in bringing the taste buds to life.  Should your recipe not turn out quite as intended, you always have the olive to fall back on.  "If it wasn't for the olives in his martinis he'd starve to death."
Milton Berle

5.   Music - More specifically, I am referring to the listening enjoyment of music.  Trying to drink a Martini while playing music is likely to lead to spillage, which is something to be avoided at all cost. This is one that can be combined with many of those already listed.  I especially enjoy listening to some music while practicing the culinary arts.  The genre is not so important so much as your affinity for it. Though I could not really envision a circumstance where listening to rap while sipping a Martini is acceptable.

4.     Reading - I have always rather enjoyed a good read even in the B.M.(Before Martini) era.  I do not know if getting a little older has anything to do with it, but I have a new found appreciation of many of the classics that I read in my youth.  If you are so inclined, I highly recommend Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry.  He was a prodigious drinker, which ultimately led to his death.  Lowry reputedly wrote his own epitaph: "Here lies Malcolm Lowry, late of the Bowery, whose prose was flowery, and often glowery. He lived nightly, and drank daily, and died playing the ukulele."   

3.    Writing  There is something about authorship and drinking that seem to be inseparable. There are probably none so famous for their proclivity towards alcohol as "Papa" Hemingway, whose propensity for the bottle is legendary.  One of his more noteworthy libations was the Montgomery Martini.  It has been said that Field Marshall Montgomery would not attack an opposing force without a 15 to 1 superiority.  This ratio became the inspiration  for the aforementioned Martini moniker.

2.    Sweet loving - Need I say more?

     Well, apparently that was only nine things to do whilst enjoying a Martini.  After a couple, I guess I lost track.  I suppose that I should do a Top 10 Things to Avoid Whilst Enjoying a Martini.  I will have to put mathematics at the top of that list.  

Besides, can you think of a better way to end it than with some sweet loving?

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