I can remember “sniffing” my parents liquor collection, and the smell of Gin made me sick to my stomach. I think it was because the family female boozers always reeked of it when they bent over to kiss me hello or goodbye with their heavily lipsticked mouths. GROSS. About 20 years later, I decided to “get over it”. I went out for lunch and proceeded to get completely sloshed on martinis – I stopped counting around 10. Someone drive me home. Later I was sicker than I have ever been, and could not even think about eating a green olive for about the next decade, let alone think about gin. Juniper berries are somewhat poisonous, BTW.
So, I like my martinis made with vodka. And I like them dirty (I guess I got over the olive thing).
3 oz Pinnacle or Grey Goose vodka
half oz of light vermouth
1 teaspoon of the olive juice
stirred , not shaken, with ice cubes (not crushed)
served in a chilled glass with 3 wet Spanish olives