The Perfect Twist
I like my gin martini with a generous twist of lemon peel and used to go to a bar that created this amazing long ribbon of just the yellow peel using a sharp paring knife. It was a joy to behold and to taste. Where I live now bars provide a pathetic strip of peel and pitch that adds almost nothing to the drink. On occasion I have smuggled in my own ribbon of peel when I knew I was going to order a martini--happens a few times a year--but I have been called all sorts of nasty names here for doing so. My questions are 1) Do you ever order a drink with a twist? 2) Do they actually provide a good twist? 3) If not, would you do anything to rectify that? Thanks PS Please assume you can't just go somewhere else that is is the "only" bar in town.
Martini with a twist? Yes, always. I don't think an olive adds anything meaningful to the drink, whereas a twist completely opens it up and makes it sing.
Do I get a good twist? Sometimes yes, mostly no. But the twist is the least of my worries when ordering a martini, so I almost never have that drink outside of my home.
How to fix it? Find a new drink to order out, and keep some nice gin and vermouth in your home. Seriously. Trying to retrain most bartenders on this particular issue is a lost cause.