“You can no more keep a martini in the refrigerator than you can keep a kiss there. The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth and one of the shortest-lived.”
Academic, journalist, novelist and bard of (some) American cocktails, Bernard DeVoto died today in 1955, leaving behind one of the most cantankerous yet wonderfully written tributes to the cocktail ever - The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto. Despite his abuse of the Manhattan as an abomination, the man's praise for the martini wins our vote. We are toasting him with what's probably its ancestor, the Martinez, in our favourite variation, with Dutch jenever.
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