June 19th is National Martini Day, a day to enjoy the famed olive-clad gin and vermouth cocktail. Although the exact origin of the martini is a mystery, the drink has become one of the best known alcoholic beverages available. The Prohibition is often credited with popularizing the martini, as illegal gin was widely manufactured in the U.S. during this time. Today there are many varieties of “martinis” available, including appletinis and chocolate martinis, though their names are more a reflection of the original drink’s glass, rather than its ingredients.
I’ve said it many times during our year of living unofficially, but I’ll say it again: I don’t really like alcohol, especially straight liquor, and I only rarely imbibe. But in honor of National Martini Day Chris and I decided to order a martini with our dinners. We went out with both sets of our parents to celebrate Father’s Day this evening, and enjoyed a very yummy meal at our local Applebee’s. The menu offered a variety of martinis, including a lemon-drop martini and an appletini, but we decided to try the original gin and vermouth concoction. We ordered one to share since I was sure I wouldn’t be able to stomach the poison. And boy was I right! I took one sip and told Chris he would have to finish the rest. He didn’t appear to love the drink either, but he wasn’t as disgusted by it as I was. At least it came with two fat, delicious olives — we each had one, and I was more than a little surprised that mine wasn’t “ruined” from soaking in the horrid alcohol mixture.
My taste buds were not pleased with today’s “unofficial”, but I’m going to try to make it up to them tomorrow — it’s National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Yum!
Happy Father’s Day to my awesome dad, Vic, and my wonderful father-in-law, Roger! We love you guys! And a happy Father’s Day to Chris too, from Sage, Iris, Chaucer, Zoe, Simon, Gordon, Marshall, and Stanley!