Sitting by the fire reading a book, is a lovely thing. Sitting by the fire reading a book while sipping on a martini is a really lovely thing. I think of martinis as very social cocktails. A proper martini glass, laughter, friends. But I really have been enjoying an abbreviated version while reading a book by the fire before dinner on the week-end. A WestWard martini is my quick version of a favorite cocktail, while avoiding all of the bells and whistles.
A simple glass will do. Shake gin with a dash of vermouth if you must, but pouring it right into the glass is fine too. If the bottle of gin has been waiting in the freezer, all the better. The key is having an ice cube in the glass, waiting. Since I have been into the jumbo ice cubes of late, all the better. Skewer an olive, and you are set. Book optional.