When you see the recipe for a gin or vodka martini, it's really not hard.  Its the clear liquor mentioned moments ago + olive juice + vermouth and some ice, right?

 

Wrong, apparently.  I tried, very hard, to make a number of Martinis last night, and not only were they not delicious...I got hammered after the first one. 

 

Do you know the secret?  There HAS to be a secret! 

 

 

I panicked at the store and bought lots of olives, as you can see.  It didn't help my cause, but now I can make a weekend muffaletta...or 6!