Adam Sachs: Reverse martinis

A crowded press room. People in black tie watching the awards on TV. There is a palpable need for strong martinis. We're in luck. Sort of. The lovely Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons mixologist, has a plan to save us all from our worst instincts. Tonight at the Hendricks Gin Bar she's serving thematically correct Reverse Martinis. "This was Julia Childs's favorite cocktail---very sophisticated and Julia knew best that too much ethanol before dinner killed your palate. Instead of 5-to-1 gin to vermouth, she drank 5-to-1 vermouth to gin." For tonight's VIP dinner, Voisey is swapping Lillet for vermouth. "It seemed right that we pay tribute to Julia with this drink." Fitting and probably saving VIP from standing for Very Inebriated Press.

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Snack: The press room gets more crowded every year

  Which is a good thing as it means there's more and more interest. I think we need a bigger room and more cocktail sponsors! photo

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Louise McCready: Press room

Hendricks gin table in the press room: combining cocktail hour with tea time. img00027

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News Feed: Women Once Barred from Mixing Drinks

Hard to believe, but for most of our cocktailing history it was illegal for women to mix drinks. Tell that to the 13 women mixologists shaking and stirring drinks tonight at the 2009 Beard Awards. Read more about the history of the women behind bars in this WSJ piece by Eric Felten.

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