My Latest Cocktail Obsession: Mini Martinis

I don’t know what this says about me, but one of my first thoughts when I woke up this morning was that there should be such a thing as mini martini glasses. Much like Dorothy Parker, I love a good martini, and if I’m at some fancy cocktail lounge dropping $20 on the thing, I want it to be substantial. But for home entertaining, where I have the luxury of refills and do-overs, small, well-made, and extremely cold is the way to go. Of course, like most of my million-dollar ideas, somebody else already thought of them. I may need to purchase a set.

As drinks historian and all-around cocktail Yoda Dave Wondrich will tell you, bar glassware has gotten steadily larger over the past few decades, with small somehow being equated with lesser value, irrespective of price adjustments. But people have been warming to the beauty of the small lately in everything from cars (the new Fiat 500) to music (the iPod Shuffle). Why not embrace the idea of tiny drinks as well?

The benefits are many. First and foremost, it would help keep things in moderation. All the cool points you might gain for your snazzy outfit and gold tooth quickly go out the window once you get sloppy. Second, it would keep your drinks cold. I’m freakish about the temperature of my martinis, and when I see a bartender give my order three limp shakes before making a big presentation out of pouring it in front of me, I want to reach across the bar and throttle them. The first few sips might be good, but after five minutes, it’s bathwater. Finally, small drinks give you and your guests the opportunity to try different things. Don’t dig the habanero infusion? Pour it out and try something else. No big deal.

So I think I’m going to pick up a pair of 3 ounce martini glasses from someplace like Pier 1 Imports (Crate & Barrel has even tinier 2 ounce glasses), grab a nice bottle of Belvedere Vodka and a couple of olives, and mix up the best darn micro-tinis Brooklyn has ever seen. And if holding a comically small martini glass in my hand makes me feel like a big man, all the better.

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