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Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, David Niven and Humphrey Bogart - not to mention fictional secret agent James Bond - have all helped to raise the classic dry martini to iconic status: the epitome of effortless cool. Even what it's served in - the emblematic Y-shaped glass - has become an icon known the world over as a martini glass (more on the problematic glass later). First and foremost, though, this cocktail is popular because it is delicious: flavoursome and strong as well as suave.
Count Negroni was quite a character: he had returned from the United States, where he rode the range, busted broncos and was a riverboat gambler while traveling through the Wild West. Oh, and for a time he was a fencing instructor on Madison Avenue, New York - now that is cool, and so appropriate for an Italian Count.
on the Chrystal.eu Food&Drink team enjoy the good things in life and, on the pages of this column, we celebrate them. We've covered great restaurant meals, lip-smacking wines, top quality olive oil, and we’ll continue to bring such delights to your attention. Now we are introducing a new weekly spot to (re)acquaint you with the classic cocktails.
In the summer of 2010, perusing the short but promising wine list of the Bistrot d’Antoine in Old Nice, I plumped for a mid-range Côtes de Provence rosé that was unknown to me: “Classic” from Château Mouresse, at €28. It was seriously good: fruity but dry and with a pale pink blush.
Sometimes food just seems right when eaten in its native land, and the simple specialities of Nice seem pretty damn perfect when overlooking the azure Mediterranean under a clear blue sky.