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March 3, 2011
Here’s how she makes a martini. She takes a small, clear, tulip-shaped glass from the cupboard and sets it on the counter. She then takes three ice cubes – no less, no more – places them in the glass, and cracks them sharply with a little hammer. She has never yet cracked the glass instead of the ice. She doesn’t even think about it. Then she takes a bottle of Tanqueray gin from the bar, and pours it over the cracked ice, cracking it further. Simplicity itself, and best drunk cold, while watching the sun set over the city.