While attending an ‘event’ in a certain Middle Eastern city, I was introduced to a charming gentleman from, shall we say, one of the ‘Alphabet Agencies’.
While our discussion covered subjects including politics, diplomacy and turmoil in the region, it settled upon the subject of martinis, of which we are both fond.
When one works in the business of ‘international affairs’, a strong martini is sometimes the only thing that will soothe your mind at the end of the day. I also mentioned earlier the inextricable link between martinis and a certain specialist in the field.
The gentleman gave me his variation on the classic version of a martini: add a teaspoon of limoncello.
Made in Southern Italy (or your own home) by infusing clear spirit (such as vodka) with lemon peel (and adding sugar), limoncello is a popular drink in my household already (my mother makes the best).
I have also written earlier about the importance of lemons to a martini.
The marriage of the two makes for a delightful variation on the classic.