Like many people, you’re probably wondering: “What can I do, as we enter this New Year, to ensure that I’m eating enough citrus fruit?”
The good news is that Radio Free Daglan is here to help, with our latest health tip. (Okay, I’ll admit that it may be our only health tip so far.)
Anyway, the answer is quite simple, and it relates to two ordinary facts of life: The holiday season, and your evening martini.
In holiday season, as you probably know, there are lots of tangerines around. Somehow, they just show up. Nobody knows why, or where they come from, or anything about them, except that they show up in supermarkets everywhere — and they are a citrus fruit. So that’s our starting point.
Next comes your evening martini. If you are clever (and why wouldn’t you be?) you keep your gin (or vodka, if you really must) in your freezer. That way, you don’t need to bother with the whole “stirred or shaken” question, and you’ll never worry about ice melting and diluting your drink. You’ll also save a lot of time fussing about.
So let’s get started, with building your martini, and then packing in your daily dose of citrus fruit.
First, “rinse” your martini glass with an orange-based liqueur like Cointreau or Grand Marnier. No, you don’t actually wash the glass; you simply pour a bit of the liqueur into your glass, and swirl it around, and then toss it down the sink. (The liqueur, not the glass.) Then pour a little bit of dry vermouth into the glass.
Now for the citrus part: Using a very sharp knife, cut a small wedge of peel from a tangerine, stab it with a toothpick, and drop it into your glass as a garnish and flavour-enhancer. Finally, pour in a generous amount of ice-cold gin (or vodka). There’s your evening martini, and frankly, you’ll love it.
And here’s the best part, at least in terms of citrus consumption: Having cut a wedge of peel from your tangerine, you’ll want to do something with the fruit itself. My health tip: Go ahead and eat the tangerine!
So, now you’ve had a good bit of citrus fruit, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your martini as part of your daily health regimen.
It’s also pretty nice looking, as you can see:
If you want to get really fancy, of course, you can cut a wedge of tangerine peel that has a bit of stalk and leaves, like this:
But that’s probably going too far, for an everyday drink.
In case you’re wondering about my qualifications for giving this sort of health advice, here you go: First, I’m a close personal friend of the VP Martinis of the Wild Forest Pig Contrada; if he doesn’t know how to build a martini, who does? Second, I grew up in Bradenton, Florida — the hometown and birthplace of the Tropicana orange empire.