Monday May 29th 2017

A new Martini arrives

According to sources:

A vodka martini, also known as a vodkatini or kangaroo cocktail, is a cocktail made with vodka and vermouth, a variation of a martini (which is made with Gin)

A vodka martini is made by combining vodka, dry vermouth and ice in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. The ingredients are chilled, either by stirring or shaking, then strained and served “straight up” (without ice) in a chilledcocktail glass. The drink may be garnished with an olive, a “twist” (a strip oflemon peel squeezed or twisted), capers, or cocktail onions (with the onion garnish specifically yielding a vodka Gibson).5-bottles-HR

The vodka martini has become a common and popular cocktail (especially inSouthern California), but some purists maintain that while it is a perfectly fine drink, it is not a true martini, since it is usually made with gin.

 Many of us are very familiar with this drink due to the James Bond series of movies (and books) learning that his drink was”shaken, and not stirred”. I never knew about this drink until I had reached adulthood. My parents and other relatives drank beer, wine and at special events a whisky drink called an “old fashion”. When I started enjoying a cocktail, I was introduced to the Martini at a club in Chicago called “The Happy Medium” om Rush Street . I learned to drink it “straight up” rather than “on the rocks” but also learned that if I had the ice used to make the Martini place din a rocks glass and then poured it myself, I would get the full drink that I was paying for. I still order this way.

cosmoOver the years, when attending picnics or places such as Ravinia, a martini was not the usual drink that we would be able to bring. Yes, we could buy one if they offered alcoholic beverages at the site, but now, thanks to the genius of a young Northbrook couple. a new “portable” martini is available. The company is called Vitani, a line of different flavorful martinis that taste as if they had just been made by a professional bartender to your specifications.

The bottle is aluminum, which means that it will stay chilled until you are ready to imbibe. The flavors are a solid variety: the Cosmo ( remember, “Sex and The City”) and the favorite of most younger drinkers, “The Dirty Martini” are the classics. The “innovation series” is made up of Citrus-Ginger ( one that we enjoyed last night), Cucumber (plans are to test this one tonight) and the Elderpear (infused with natural pear) which is on tap for Thursday night.citrus_ginger

Based on our first experience with this perfect beverage, I am sure that it will be in our fridge on a regular basis. These are single serve (200 ml), but if poured over ice, can satisfy two adults with ease. It is easy to bring with from fridge to destination- concerts, Ravinia, home, picnics, tailgating or just visiting friends.

I am sure that as time goes on, this “perfect” beverage will be available at the venues for the concerts, at convenient stores, in hotel mini-bars, think about the restaurants that are BYOB- this is perfect!

To learn more, visit

If you want your favorite retailer to carry this brand for you, have them call  312-925-4225 so they can get this on their refrigerator shelves.



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