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Birthday bash - day 6! Timothy Schaffert shares a drink recipe...

June 15, 2009
birthday bashToday's lovely guest is Timothy Schaffert... Welcome!

About the author:
Timothy Schaffert grew up on a farm in Hamilton County, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as an undergraduate. He holds the MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Greensboro Review, Press, Natural Bridge, and other literary journals. His novel, The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters, was published by Blue Hen, a division of Penguin Putnam, and won the Nebraska Book Award for Fiction in 2003. His second novel, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, was published by Unbridled Books, as was his third, Devils in the Sugar Shop (2007). He has served as Editor of The Reader and Omaha Pulp, two arts and culture newsweeklies in Omaha. He is also the Director of the Omaha Lit Fest. Find Timothy online at his website, timothyschaffert.com.

From Timothy:
Dry, Dry Summer Martini

Keep a jug of Gilbey's gin in the freezer (it's cheaper than the higher-end gins, but just as tasty for those of us with gin-ruined taste buds). Put some ice in a martini glass. (Some bartenders recommend ice and water in the glass to chill it more completely; I'm no scientist, but the ice alone seems to do a quicker, more efficient job of it.) While the glass is chilling, spear some olives and/or onions. (Fancy glass swizzle sticks can maul the olive or onion, so stick with the decidedly unflashy and grandfatherly toothpick.) (I tend to prefer onions, which renders your martini into its slightly less glamorous sister, a gibson, but most people won't know, so choose your condiment wantonly.) Pour out the ice (or not... martinis on the rocks are technically served in a highball glass, but be a libertine and buck tradition), then pour in the gin. Add literally the teensiest drop of dry vermouth, for the sake of ceremony. (The foul vermouth was introduced to the martini back in the days when gin was even more foul. But now gins are of a finer blend, and require no flavor enhancer/disguiser.) (Some bartenders insist that a classic martini calls for half gin, half vermouth, an act of civil disobedience, as I see it.) Turn on some Blossom Dearie or Maude Maggart on the hi-fi, unknot your necktie, and sip.


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Thanks to Unbridled Books, here's a 3-pack of Timothy's books for one lucky winner! Enter if you live in the US (no PO Boxes, please). To enter, comment--martinis: shaken or stirred? Yup, Bond fan here. Alternately, if you don't drink, share your favorite Bond. I'm very partial to Daniel Craig. Then again, I liked him before he did the Bond movies... Yummm... As usual, +1 for following, +2 for sharing. Giveaway ends 6:00pm CST June 22nd.

49 comments:

MJ said...

Shaken - not striired for me!

I follow

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Nicole said...

Shaken, definitely.

I follow.

Bridget said...

Shaken, of course (another Bond fan here!). Just posted on Win A Book. Don't enter me, of course!

Karen H in NC said...
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bermudaonion said...

I don't drink martinis and don't watch James Bond, but I do like my margaritas frozen. Does that count? I subscribe in Google Reader.

Karen H in NC said...

I'm not a martini fan...my favorite drink is a rum and tall coke with lime. However, I am a huge Bond fan. Outside of the ultimate Bond, Sean Connery, I like Pierce Brosnan best.

Duh...forgot my email address on my first post:

kkhaas[at]bellsouth[dot]net

Karen H in NC said...

+1 I'm a follower

kkhaas[at]bellsouth[dot]net

housemouse88 said...

Shaken, of course. I'm partial to Sean Connery. I just love that mans voice. Have a great day.

I'm a follower.

house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm with Bermuda Onion and margaritas. Gin to me tastes like face toner. Or like it would taste if I tasted it! Please enter me!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I follow your blog on Google Reader.

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Melanie said...

I'm a margarita girl myself. My husband loves martinis - shaken. And gin only.

gaby317 said...

I loved Sean Connery and Daniel Craig second.

Thanks so much.

+ I'm a follower

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

scottsgal said...

definitely shaken - not stirred
msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

follower via email

tetewa said...

I'm not a martini drinker but I'll take one of the Bonds any day!

Kat Bryan said...

Although I like an occasional libation, I've never had a martini.

For me, Sean Connery will always be James Bond although Daniel Craig has a much better bod.

I am a follower/subscriber.

bridget3420 said...

I prefer shaken.

bridget3420 said...

I'm a follower

bridget3420 said...

Linked on my sidebar

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Janel said...

Definitely shaken, made even better if you have a fancy vintage shaker!

I am also a follower!!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Lisa said...

Shaken, absolutely. There is something about listening to the rattle of the ice cubes to stir up anticipation. I'm a follower.

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Valorie said...

Daniel Craig! He is very, very GQ.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

I follow.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/06/15/book-giveaways-0615-0621/

Valorie
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Lifestooshort said...

Definately shaken :)

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Katrina said...

stirred here, I am a bond fan too and I love craig although any bond gets my heart racing :)

throuthehaze said...

shaken please!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Jess said...

Fellow Bond fan so yes shaken.
jessica(at)fan(dot)com

sharon54220 said...

I'm not a martini fan, but I would have to say Sean Connery, with Brosnan a close second.

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sharon54220 said...

I am a subscriber.

sharon54220@gmail.com

Katie said...

Definitely shaken... and I'm a subscriber!

A Reader said...

I grew up on Roger Moore, so he would be my favorite, but Craig is a close second.

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A Reader said...

Follower (liane66)

minishoes1 said...

What a great giveaway! I would say Sean Connery is my fav bond. 2nd fav is Daniel Craig. thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

minishoes1 said...

I follow. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

mommyjen99 said...

Shaken for me .......
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mommyjen99 said...

Subscriber
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Kaye said...

There's still no one like Sean Connery but then I'm an old fogey.

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Kaye said...

I'm a follower

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Lisanne624 said...

My favorite Bond is also Daniel Craig. I just can't get into Sean Connery after his, um, distasteful comments about women. Sorry, I'm boycotting anything to do with him!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Drey!

I prefer shaken, Connery is my favorite bond of all time. Yes, he was a sexist, but a damn sexy one. I love Pierce, Timothy, and Daniel too, the original is the best.

Please enter me!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I'm a follower!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I posted on my blog at http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/ on my sidebar.

Dottie :)

Anita Yancey said...

I prefer shaken. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

clenna said...

Shaken please!

clenna said...

I follow

CherylS22 said...

My favorite James Bond was Sean Connery.

Please count me in - Thanks!
megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

CherylS22 said...

I follow.

megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

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