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Day 164, Cocktail 162

One of my favorite movies is Pleasantville.  William H. Macy is the erstwhile George Parker, who arrives home with a hearty “Honey, I’m home!”  Of course, his on screen wife Betty Parker played by Joan Allen promtply greets him at the door, martini in hand.  George takes a swig and then sniffs and asks “Is that meatloaf I smell?” to which Betty says, “of course, it’s Tuesday.”

Well, its Tuesday, and yes, we had meatloaf for dinner.  So of course, a martini style cocktail was in order.  I found this cocktail in The Martini Book.

  Fare Thee Well

  • 2-1/4 oz Plymouth gin
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/8 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 oz Cointreau

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.  Stir to combine and chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with unstuffed cocktail olives.

This was a very nice, light variant of the classic martini that I do so adore.  The vermouth flavors were very much present but did not overpower the gin, allowing it to still shine through.  The Cointreau added just a hint of orange, making this an interesting twist on my classic martini.  So fire up the oven, make yourself a meatloaf and mashed potatoes and enjoy a cocktail with your dinner!