Quarantined + Martini = Quarantini
Whip up my favorite martini for all your house-bound adventures, with or without friends.
When hearing the word martini, my brain goes directly to Michael Godard and his famous paintings of playful olives and martinis. Godard is a famous artist who was most popular in the early 2000s and known as the “Rockstar of the Art World.” He is one of my favorite artists, and I have a few of his prints displayed in my home. I have also been spending a lot of time in my home due to being quarantined. Recently, I glanced up at my Godard piece of olives jumping in a martini as if it were a swimming pool — and I decided to make a martini.
Creating a martini can be quite controversial. Gin or vodka? Shake or stir? Lemon or olive? It can be daunting to choose appropriately, so for this recipe, I am going with what I like and know: vodka, shake and both lemon and olive.
There are three requirements I look for in a martini. First, I want a super-frosty glass, which is why I prefer shaking it over stirring. Second, I want exactly three olives. One olive would be ok if I wanted a dirty martini (with olive brine) but never two or four. It is considered bad luck to have an even number of olives in your drink, and I believe in superstition. Finally, I prefer vodka over gin for my martini.
I’ll be honest: I felt bougie walking around the house in my robe and slippers with my exquisitely prepared martini. The quarantine lifestyle had me behaving out of the norm, but I think I’m becoming the Rockstar of the Quarantini.