Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Spirits >
Feb 22, 2014 10:00 AM

"Martini Madness" indeed :(

We went to a high-end, casino steakhouse last night for a free dinner. Attached is a picture of what THEY consider martinis. Why do people drink that stuff? Well, I guess they drink them or they wouldn't be on the menu would they? Just sharing cause I thought it was funny and ugh-y :)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. This kind of thing just pisses me off. People use the word "martini" to mean "cocktail." An old boss kept bragging about her martinis. So, when she threw a party, I was looking forward to one. She proudly handed me an overly-sweet apple "martini."

    1 Reply
    1. re: brandygirl

      Oh, I didn't pay attention to the fact that NOT A ONE of them has gin in it :)

    2. Just like free advice, c, a free dinner is worth what you pay for it, but I certainly agree that the drink menu you've shown is an abomination.

      On the same topic, and for those of you who may have missed it, check out this martini recipe (labour intensive, but worth it):

      3 Replies
      1. re: Phil Ogelos

        The dinner was really quite good. With a comprehensive wine list. I call that "martini" menu LCD - lowest common denominator.

        1. re: c oliver

          I can see the name of your home-distilled, boutique gin now: LCD.

          (and I've made you rich; you're welcome!)

        2. re: Phil Ogelos

          Naren does some good, and interesting, stuff with cocktails. I've sat across from him many times enjoying his craft. I've also run into him all over the country and we've sat together ordering drinks from someone else. This has happened in NOLA, Chicago, etc. Just out of the blue that we happened to be in the same place at the same time. In NOLA I expect to run into folks like that, but other towns?

        3. Looking forward to a Dry Beefeater Martini in about an hour,oh, up with a twist thank you! I'll fill the mixing glass with ice, as well as the martini glass, then pour an ounce or so of Noilly Pratt Dry into mixing glass, shake that up a bit, then drain and add 3 shots of Gin, stir , pour into drained chilled martini glass, rub lemon twist on rim ...enjoy

          Did I get it correct?

          4 Replies
          1. re: Raffles

            You should drink what you like, as others have pointed out, but no, you didn't get it correct. The original recipe leaves the vermouth in the cocktail, not down the drain.

            1. re: cobpdx

              I wasn't sure if I read that 'recipe' right. Throw out the vermouth? Nope. I find it hard to believe that there's even a whisper of the vermouth flavor that way. Might as well just go with the straight gin.

              1. re: c oliver

                Well it a moot point, I poured a few fingers of Wild Turkey on the rocks! Cheers!

              2. re: cobpdx

                Any bartender who throws my vermouth down the drain had better replace it, or he's lost a customer. As the late, great Lucius Beebe put it, "Anything drier than five to one is just iced gin!"

            2. I'm of the opinion that people should order and drink whatever the fuck makes them happy.

              That said, I blame the bartender's plain intellectual laziness for not being able to come up with names for these concoctions other than "something something-tini."

              2 Replies
              1. re: linguafood

                I WAS rather harsh in judging people who drink those things.

              2. That's a bar caught in the '90's. Typical menu for then. but definitely becoming much rarer nowadays as LCD bars catch up to what is happening in the high end cocktail bars.