THE ZEN OF THE NORTH COUNTRY MARTINI
For the Martini gourmand, Mt. Washington Valley is the place to chill, shake and stir! Martini bars are showing up in vacation destinations throughout the country, and Mt. Washington Valley tops the list for creative martinis.
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Who’d ever imagine that this scenic region of the Mount Washington Valley might be noted for it’s creativity with the martini? Many restaurants have taken “shaken, not stirred” to the next dimension with creative concoctions, all served in a chilled martini glass. While the traditional will always be the stalwart shaken-not-stirred-very-dry-one-olive version, many restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley have perfected the Zen of the creative martini.
Ben Williams, owner of Horesefeathers - one of the finer martini bars in the North Country captured the sentiment of the martini master with his comment, “Mama always told me a civilized drinker never imbibes in anything he can’t see his watch through!“ These martinis are mixed in a stainless steel shaker to facilitate quick chilling, then served into a chilled stemmed martini glass. Always plentiful, any leftovers are served over ice or on the side to capture the entire thrill of the chill of these fine concoctions. Let’s look at some creative elixirs that are drawing Martini connoisseurs from throughout the world to North Conway, NH, which is quickly gaining fame as the Martini capitol of the U.S.
From Bellini’s Ristorante Italiano
Bellini’s Espresso Martini™ - Fresh brewed espresso mixed with Grand Marnier, Bailey’s & Kalua, shaken together with ice and served straight up in a chilled chocolate-rimmed martini glass. Voted “Best in the Valley by locals, it’s the perfect ending to a “hurry-up-and-get-it-to-me-NOW!” kind of day. Try it hot – Bellini’s Cappuccino Martini™.
Bikini Martini – Finlandia vodka, pineapple juice, triple sec, Malibu Coconut Rum – chilled and served up. Cactustini – Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, mixed with Cointreau, Grand Marnier and sour mix, served straight up with or without a salted rim
From Horsefeathers Restaurant (specializing in sustenance, merriment & cheer)
The Bond, James Bond Martini – Stolichnaya Vodka, very dry, lemon; shaken not stirred.
The French Resistance – Stolichnaya Ohrang Vodka & Grand Marnier. Shaken and served straight up.
Strasberi Shortcake – Strasberi Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka & a strawberry slice garnish, shaken and served up.
The Horsefeathers Cosmopolitan (the most popular choice) - Finlandia Cranberry Vodka, Cointreau & a lime
From Decades Restaurant
The White Mountain Martini - Malibu Coconut Rum, White Crème de Cacao, Rum, Cream, shaken and served up topped with shaved chocolate. A signature White Mountains libation.
The Lemontini – Absolute Citron, Dry French Vermouth, shaken and served up with a twist
The Presidential – Belvedere Codka, Served chilled and neat
The Sapphire Martini – Sapphire Gin with a dash of Blue Curacao. Served chilled and up.
From The 1785 Inn
The Flaming Martini – A secret concoction – you’ll just have to experience it to appreciate it!
From Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brew Pub
Sour Apple - Absolute Vodka & Pucker Sour Apple Schnappes
Moulin Rouge - Bacardi Orange, Cranberry & a splash of OJ
Silk Panties - Absolute & Peach Schnappes
Red Snapper - Crown Royal, Cambord & Cranberry
Cake Martini - Stoli Vanilla & Frangelico