This is a perhaps-inevitable iteration of the continuing evolution
of the Dry Martini
in American bartending. Legend has it that during the Trinity
event - the first testing of an atomic device
- a bottle of vermouth
was hidden in the tower with the gadget
itself. As a result, there is a definite statistical chance of literally-atomize
d vermouth present over much of the region, if not the atmosphere - so one could now make the definitive, Atomic Age
dry martini in the following manner:
- Chill a martini glass well.
- Shake 1 oz. gin with cracked ice.
- Open window.
- Wave glass outside, knowing that a few atoms of vermouth will settle into the glass.
- Pour gin into glass.
This recipe was revealed to the world in a 1966 edition of the Sunday Boston Globe
. Given J. Robert Oppenheimer
for the martini
, its veracity has not been questioned.
Sources: American Heritage magazine, 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos (Simon & Schuster, April 2005). Anecdote mentioned in Vermouth, unbeknownst to me before polluting the nodegel with this offering.