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Aug 3, 2011 08:56 PM

Best Pairing for a Gin Martini.

I mentioned to someone that I had a yen for a gin martini and a wonderful nibble. I say a crunchy clam cake, my husband says freshly made potato chips. What would you want to be your single pairing with that martini--imagine standing with friends in a backyard as the sun sets on the hot summer evening.

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  1. Always a big fan of honey-roasted peanuts. Freshly roasted ones seem to pair pretty well with almost any drink.

    1. Smoked fish. Great with ice-cold gin.

      1. There is only one perfect accompaniment to a well-constructed martini, and that is another.

        (Sorry if this may not be helpful, but I'm in that category of gin drinkers who has no interest in food while sipping his aperitif.)

        4 Replies
        1. re: MGZ

          Along the same lines, a cocktail onion.

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Italian Antipasto, with plenty of cocktail onions. 2nd Choice is the fresh potato chips with lots of salt

          2. re: MGZ

            MGZ: you took the words right out of my hands...

            1. re: MGZ

              Totally with you. Food 20 minutes after I've drank it and let it build my appetite? Sure. Something with it? I can't even explain the entirety of why that doesn't make sense to me.

            2. I'd go with something cold (since it is hot) and easy to eat with the non-drink-holding hand. To me, a Martini goes great with steak.

              How about a nice small cracker, thin slice of seared (inside raw) beef, a crumb of bleu cheese, a dot of good olive oil, drop of lemon juice (unless the bleu is tangy), and a grating of lemon zest. Serve the martini with a twist to complement the lemon. Make it small enough to eat in one bite.

              I might experiment with infusing the oil with a juniper berry, but that might be too matchy-matchy. Or a leaf of oregano.

              I also like the idea of smoked white fish. Also pickled herring. (Had to catch myself to not spell it heering!)

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