Well, we might be a bit snobbish. Or perhaps, just kind of boring. But we like our martinis’ frill-free, no nonsense, and classic: gin and vermouth, maybe an olive if I’m drinking, a twist of lemon if the drink is Rachel’s. So we thoroughly enjoyed NPR’s story on shaked, stirred, and sweet martinis. Especially after tasting through the Dolin vermouth lineup last fall, it is hard to imagine why anyone thought it was necessary to mess with the fragrant combo of gin and a dry Vermouth de Chambery, so urbane and herbal. Don’t get us wrong, we’re ever curious about the cocktails that Seattle’s artisan bartenders concoct. But our first and fondest love will remain a martini, classic.

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