Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dreamy Dorini Smoking Martini

The Dorini is the creation of Audrey Saunders, the Libation Goddess, and named in honor of a friend who loves whisky. I first heard of it from Gary Regan. It is not actually a Martini, though I’m not going to be too adamant about this because:
  1. It is very, very good.
  2. It is a dry, extremely grown-up cocktail analogous to a Martini.
  3. I’m pretty sure Audrey wouldn’t beat me up, but don’t like to risk it.
In the photo below, the Dorini only fills about half the large cocktail glass I used, but the drink is so big in other ways that it seems right in a large glass. The Laphroaig single malt makes it huge. It’s said that Laphroaig is among the most intensely flavored of the malts. It’s also said that people who are unused to drinking Scotch should start with something mild. On the other hand, people who are unused to drinking Scotch might start with Laphroaig on the theory that if they can learn to handle that, they can drink anything.

Dreamy Dorini Smoking Martini
  • 2 oz Grey Goose vodka (any good brand will work)
  • 1/2 oz Laphroaig single malt whisky
  • 2-3 drops Pernod
  • lemon twist
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  1. Thanks for stopping by Portland Oregon Daily Photo. Indeed the hearse belongs to Coffin Cruisers--more photos of it and other vehicles there to come.

    I like your blog, the photos, the text and the recipes. I also take photos of the libations I drink at 3 Doors Down Cafe here in Portland.

  2. Lynette, thanks so much for the compliments. Your drink photos have definitely caught my attention, and I'm thinking 3 Doors Down should be on my list for the next Portland visit.

  3. Wow, I'm not a vodka drinker, but I'd drink this.

  4. Not much of a vodka person either, so it’s neat if a little odd when I find a cocktail with it that I like. In my early days, it was nice in the dead of winter as a belt straight from the freezer before braving the outdoors, but I moved on from that sorta thing years ago. A shot of Laphroaig against the cold, on the other hand....

  5. Yes, Rowen, you're quite right about where Dr. Theopolis performed last week. Thanks for stopping by the blog. And I'm glad you've enjoyed my drink photos.


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