No doubt Mountain Goat beer is the brew of choice for any single speeder worth his salt, and why not, it’s the best beer on the planet (Hightail Ale thank-you, equal best to Gold Coast’s own Burleigh Brewing Pale Ale) but surely the Single Speed drink of choice is the Martini.
Quoth Barnaby Conrad III in “The Martini”: The Perfect Martini, as an idea, has infinite possibilities. For me the Dry Martini remains an America symbol of elusive perfection, a kind of pagan Holy Grail. The dedicated Martini drinker views this deceptively simple cocktail as a true, if fleeting, salvation, a chance to savor the best possible moments before war, bankruptcy, or time itself takes it all away.
Here’s how to make the perfect Martini. 80% South Gin (yes…world’s best) and 20% Cinzano Dry. Be careful with them. How James Bond ever managed to be dapper after a shaken not stirred is anyone’s business. He shoulda been drunk as a skunk.
If you like your martini truly dry try this recipe by Sir Winston Churchill. He poured the gin and then glanced briefly at a bottle of vermouth across the room.
My own recipe, the Martinus Natravalova. As above with a drop of Angostura bitters. If you can spot the typo you haven’t made it strong enough.
PS: Olive is superfluous. It’s mixing business with pleasure. Martini is business.