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A High-Maintenance Cocktail for a High-Maintenance Guest

A High-Maintenance Cocktail for a High-Maintenance Guest

What do you make for someone who asks for something “different”? And what on earth do you do when someone whose regular order is a Vodka Martini places such an order? Obviously they’re not looking for a Remember the Maine. I don’t envy Pepe Ruiz, the bartender at Chasen’s Restaurant (o. 1936-c. 1995) in Beverly Hills in 1970. First off, he’s got the Rat Pack as regulars. That right there would have been enough to make me quit tending bar forever, as the Rat Pack were notoriously heavy drinkers and celebrated purveyors of hijinx. And one night you’ve got drunken gadabout Dean Martin waltzing up to the bar and requesting something different. See, you’ve got to understand the dilemma a bartender is thrown into when a Vodka Martini drinker asks for something different. What it really means is “I like drinks that don’t taste like much, so make me something else that doesn’t taste like much. But, you know, a different kind of not much.” It’s not like when a bourbon drinker…

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