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With more than 100 variations on its menu, clearly Top of the Mark is a martini bar. The Golden Gate is one of the skyward lounge’s most-requested martinis—definitely worth shaking up after work before the weekend starts.
The city’s current Golden Age of cocktails continues to be inspired by the past. Drinking by today’s standards requires a high tolerance and a local history lesson. It also provides a great excuse to play dress-up.
I dug Jon Bonné's supremely geeky article on the martini in the Chron yesterday. But "supremely geeky" may not even do the high-waisted, suspendered and bespectacled article justice. I mean, the martini—the drink of such caliphs of cool as James Bond and Frank Sinatra—is approached in the article like this: "The bar top was crowded with gin and vermouth, a thermometer, a stopwatch, a cooler of chilled glasses." I'm sorry, but I just can't see my boys Frankie and Dino timing their stirs.
The Classic Martini
You might think that the best martini is nothing but a perfect union of gin and vermouth, but it's the dash of orange bitters that makes it extra elegant. Rub the orange twist along the rim of the glass for an added bit of punch.
2 oz gin
1/2 oz vermouth
dash of orange bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Gently stir for about 40 revolutions. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.