Nick & Nora

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Discerning Drinkers (19 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Photographed in a

Nude Savage Pony glass

Garnish:

Skewered green olive

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Gin
1/2 fl oz Strucchi Dry Vermouth
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Review:

A classic Three-to-One Dry Martini served in bijou proportions.

History:

Created in circa 1934 and named after Nick and Nora Charles, the flirtatious married couple at the centre of Dashiell Hammett's 1933 The Thin Man story serialised in Redbook Magazine. Published as Prohibition was ending, Nick is a hard-drinking retired detective and his wife Nora a wealthy heiress, both embrace cocktail culture. The Thin Man was published as a novel in 1934 and then a series of movies.

In the novel, Nick and Nora shake their Martinis and Nick tells a bartender, "The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a Dry Martini you always shake to waltz time." Hence, some insist a Nick and Nora Martini should be shaken rather than stirred.

In the movie, the detective duo drink from what has become known as a Nick & Nora glass so this has become the default for this scaled-down to fit Dry Martini.

Nutrition:

One serving of Nick & Nora contains 113 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.2 standard drinks
  • 28.94% alc./vol. (57.88° proof)
  • 17.4 grams of pure alcohol
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