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National Dry Martini Day & My 21st Birthday

Gin and vermouth, nothing more, nothing less.
Gin and vermouth, nothing more, nothing less.
Photos by Molly Dunn

It's ironic, but fitting, that National Dry Martini Day, June 19, coincided with my 21st birthday yesterday. In honor of this boozy holiday, I decided to order a dry martini during my birthday dinner and tell you all about my experience. Unfortunately, because I turned 21 yesterday, there was no way I could try the martini before June 19 because, well, that's illegal.

First of all, I had no clue what a dry martini is, so I did some research. I discovered that it's gin with dry vermouth and sometimes olives. I still didn't know what that would be like; the only thing I knew was that it was going to be very strong.

My birthday dinner was celebrated at Brio in The Woodlands. I was craving Italian food, and it was convenient because they have a bar. So, we sat down and the waiter asked if we wanted to order drinks. I said, "I will have a dry Bombay martini." The look on the waiter's face was priceless, and if you looked at me while I ordered that drink, you would be confused too; I don't look like someone who would drink a dry martini. I'm positive he was expecting me to say I wanted an appletini or a cosmopolitan.

The waiter soon came back with our drinks. He placed mine down in front of me and said, "Well, I hope you don't hate it." I then had to explain to him why I was doing this; why I was ordering a dry martini on my 21st birthday. It's all because of National Dry Martini Day.

Appletinis taste much better than straight gin and vermouth.
Appletinis taste much better than straight gin and vermouth.

So, I took my first sip, having no idea what I was about to put in my mouth, and, well, you probably know the rest. I absolutely hated it. It tasted exactly like cough syrup. Actually, it was worse than cough syrup because the liquor burned all the way down my throat and into my chest. I now know why the waiter was confused; he knew I wouldn't enjoy that drink at all.

Now, for the appletini ... that was good! I believe I am more of a fruity martini girl. It fits my personality so much more. If I am having a rough day -- and when I say rough, I mean ROUGH -- then I may resort to drinking a dry martini (I'm not condoning drinking when you're depressed), but I don't see those days ahead of me in my future, so I will stick to the sweet and fruity drinks.



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