Palm Beach County seems to be the Martini capital of Florida. My wife and I tend to eat dinner out a lot, after all it is only her, I, and a few friends, and almost every restaurant we visit has their signature drink that turns out most of the time to be a Martini. Palm Beach County, Florida is quite large in area so we spend most of our dinners out in what residents call “South County”.
“South County” is comprised primarily of the towns of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Lantana, and Manalapan. Obviously this gives us a huge selection of restaurants to chose from and an endless supply of Martini’s to enjoy. But endless supply doesn’t mean good. I just couldn’t believe the poor quality of Martini’s in some of the most expensive restaurants. There were those that smelled bad, those that tasted like colored water with “whatever” liquor, and restaurants that didn’t even have the various flavored vodkas, necessary liquors, and know how if you wanted something different, but still charged an arm and a leg for their concoctions. Only for Martini Lovers
Let the truth be told, my wife and I are Martini Mavens. Our Martini education began a few years ago when we decided to start cruising. Each ship we sailed had their own selection of exotic Martini’s and we sampled them all. Everyday of the cruise we longed for the hour before dinner when we would stroll down to the Martini Bar to sample another fabulous drink. It didn’t take long before we were hooked, and hooked we were.
Before we knew it we owned almost every kind of vodka and their various flavors. This of course was accompanied by all the liquors one needed to shake enough Martini’s so you could have a different one everyday. We bought a variety of Martini glasses, shakers and accessories, and cleaned out our freezer of food so that our Vodka and glasses could be ice cold. Yes we were prepared!
Phase two began with our Martini party that quickly escalated into Martini hours everyday. We bought a neon shaped Martini glass and placed it in our front window to let our friends and neighbors know it was “Happy Hour”. And last New Year’s Eve we published a drink menu with 25 different Martini’s to select from.
Because of our love of Martini’s we naturally talked about them with our real estate clients and how interesting it was to experiment with different combinations of liquors in order to come up with new and exciting tastes. I told them about my wife’s favorite, she calls it her Tootsie Roll Martini. And then there is the Raspberry Chocolate Mint Martini and, of course our House Martini that is made with Citron Vodka, Cactus Liquor, Sour Apple Liquor and a dash of Cranberry Juice, plus a slice of lime, hmmmm good!
All this Martini talk eventual led to a client’s tasting and celebration on the purchase of their new or second home. Yes, we waited until after closing to drink the Martini’s. After all, one needs to be able to still sign their signature before taking possession.
Looking for our exciting Martini recipes’? Visit our Martini Bar and check out the new concoctions. There is a new one there every other week. Happy Shaken!!!