dirtymartiniI'm still day dreaming about my tropical paradise. And why not? It certainly has provided for one amazing theme this week. Besides, all of a sudden, I have this extra skip in my step!

So, if I were laying beach side, watching the sunset, what spirits might I partake in? Mission critical for any relaxing getaway is setting the tone at the onset. In my opinion, go with a sure thing. For me, that's a dirty martini.

Most tropical spirits happen to be sweet and that's not my thing. Really, you can't go wrong with an oldie but goodie. Like this recipe from Michael Chiarello from the Food Network. 
  • 2 1/2 shots Gin (I prefer Ketel One or Grey Goose vodka)
  • 1/2 shot of brine from cocktail olives
  • 1/8 shot extra-dry Vermouth
Shake ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker and strain. Serve chilled.

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