In his 1989 autobiography, Frank Zappa famously opined that “you can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline”. Although notorious for his eccentric behaviour, Zappa was actually quite a sophisticated Renaissance Man.
Musician, composer, film director and wit, he spoke against censorship and inspired musicians from both the rock and classical worlds before his early death on this day in 1993. Garnished with cheese-stuffed olives, the Z Martini has plenty of quirk, though, like the man himself, its port and vodka soul is classical, contemporary and indefinably classy.
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