drinking: the classic martini


Stirred. Not shaken.

2 1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz dry vermouth

olives and lemon twist

dash Angostura bitters


Schott Zwiesel Comete Martini glass (on loan from vendor)


How great is this martini skewer? I was looking for ages for something clean and classic, stainless steel…had the hardest time finding anything elegant until I stumbled upon these, from the Etsy shop jacksmooth. Hand hammered, and at 5.5.” a really pleasing length. Got a set of 3 with a charming handwritten thank you note. I highly encourage you to patronize this shop.

on the menu: gin tonic with cardamom, mint, lime


gin tonic
gin tonic

Guerlain Homme was one of the first fragrances I got myself. It smelled fresh and good, and I later learned that what smelled fresh was mint, and what smelled good, was vetiver.

Perfumer Thierry Wasser explains that his inspiration was, in part, the mojito, and it isn’t far off. It smells like…a manly mojito. I was wearing it today and so started craving mint. Not wanting a mojito, quite, I made my own thing: a gin tonic with cardamom, mint, and lime.

Beefeater 24 gin, Fever-Tree tonic water, cardamom pods
Beefeater 24 gin, Fever-Tree tonic water, cardamom pods
Guerlain Homme, gin tonic
Guerlain Homme, gin tonic