A Great Martini Experience Starts And Ends With The Ritual

September 07, 2017

A Great Martini Experience Starts And Ends With The Ritual

I became obsessed with martini glasses when I realized how important they were to the overall ritual. Because I see the martini as much more than a liquid or a drink. A great one is an experience, an experience whose ritual involves all five of our senses. Particularly, sight. 

Let me explain the ritual, one sense at a time.

Touch

Touch is a sense in the martini ritual.

It starts with the touch of the ice as I put it into the shaker. It's cold, of course. And the freezing sensation becomes a promise of temperatures to come.

Hear

Hearing is a sense in the martini ritual.

Whether you stir or shake (I go back and forth) there is a wonderful sound as the ice seems to celebrate together inside the metallic arena we call a shaker. It's like an adult rattle to me. And another promise of the goodness to come.

Smell

Smell is a sense in the martini ritual.

The smell of gin begins when you first pour your 2-3 shots into the shaker. But it continues as you stir or shake. Perhaps you cut a lemon for a twist or pin an olive, both of which add to the anticipation, add to the ritual.

Taste

Taste is a sense in the martini ritual.

Boom, taste is where the ritual is truly consecrated. The first taste of any martini is always the best one because, let's face it, that martini isn't going to get any colder. I never rush the first sip. It's way too important. Gotta pay attention and savor it completely. Your personal (and happy) transformation begins now.

See

Sight is a sense in the martini ritual.

Ah, Seeing. Now, to me, every ritualistic sense that comes before Seeing is null and void if you are drinking your martini from a stemless glass, say, or otherwise disappointing vehicle. To treat a martini like a beer is to miss the entire point of a martini. For me, the glass is critical to rounding out the ritual. You kick the ritual off by choosing a glass design that suits your mood - feeling color or black and white? But then it's the pride and satisfaction of drinking this sacred nectar out of a martini glass that is worthy. Each sip gives you another chance to take in the beauty of the glass, though I will often steal glances between sips just because. In short, a martini without an incredible glass is like that Emperor with no clothes. 

Perhaps I overthink the martini experience. Perhaps I put too much pressure on the ritual. But I don't care. 

To me, the martini ritual starts and ends with Seeing an incredible martini glass. Anything short of that is senseless. It's why we have beautifully designed hand-painted glasses. It's why we import mouth blown glasses from artisans in Romania. It's why we opened Tini Grails in the first place.

Keep on grailin'!

- Will Burns, Founder Tini Grails




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