Guest Author - Beth Schreibman Gehring
I love the Silver Bullet martini. It's a drink that when I order it never fails to elicit a response of "What is that?' or "What a great name", or "I've never heard of that!". There are many different kinds of martinis, some "extra dry", meaning no vermouth, or "Dirty", meaning add a bit of salty olive juice from the jar. There are fruity martinis, chocolate martinis and even one or ten made with herbs and vegetables! But by far, the Silver Bullet is my favorite!
Before I go any further, I must give a warning! Dear reader beware!
These are beguilingly strong. They don't have the initial impact of a martini that is full of a sweet fruit juice, or a sugary substance such as creme de cocoa. This is a simply elegant drink and it wil catch up with you rather quickly after you've enjoyed one or two! Essentially, the Silver Bullet is made of of two ingredients, vodka and single malt scotch.
The first time I heard this I thought, "How strange?". But I was sitting in a very authentic Mexican restaurant near the border in Arizona and it seemed like a good enough reason to try this at the time. After the initial shock , I warmed up to it very quickly and I've been a fan ever since. The Silver Bullet is an excellent drink and making it well is all about the quality of the liqueur that you use and the proportions! It is also about the ice. For this drink to be really at it's best it must be very cold , the ice that you use must be clear and frozen hard! I also cannot stress enough that you must use the best vodka and single malt scotch that you can find. Inexpensive alcohol in this drink does it a disservice because you can really taste it and it will also make you sick. Please try this first in a good bar and order it made with Gray Goose Vodka and a wave of Macallan 12 year old single malt! You will love it!
For one drink you will need,
One large jigger of very good vodka
¼ teaspoon of an excellent single malt scotch
A lovely single old fashioned glass
1 very thin lemon peel about 3 inches long
To assemble, take the glass and add the ice to it, approximately 3/4s full. Pour the vodka over the ice and stir it two or three times at the most with a thin metal cocktail stirrer, then let the liquid settle for one minute. Take a teaspoon and pour the Macallan gently over the back of it so that it flows around the top of the vodka. Then, take the lemon peel and gently twist it around the rim of the glass and then tie it into a knot with flowing pretty ends.
Drop it into the drink gently and serve!