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February 04, 2009

Humpday Happyhour: Judge Bork on Martinis

A "distinctly American invention" says the jurist and martini snob:

The awful truth, however, is that the martini was on the verge of extinction. Just a few years back, no one under the age of forty drank it. Though I can hardly take full credit for the drink's resurgence, I made a contribution. When I was a judge, I used to tell my clerks, who had never tasted one, that martinis are essential to cultural conservatism. Furthermore, I described the ideal recipe. Several of them accepted my argument, with only one unfortunate result: they took to entering bars in Washington and ordering "Judge Bork martinis." This gave a somewhat false picture of life in my chambers.

Read the whole thing. I'd forward it to my judge but I'm not sure she's ready for more fun after I taught her husband to do tequila shots the last time we did happy hour (apparently he'd never done shots before; who knew?!?).

Judge Bork is completely wrong about the best gins, however. He nominates Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, and Tanqueray. Tanqueray is swill. Bombay Sapphire is acceptable in bars that don't have Beefeater.


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