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It’s a “Mad” Mad World…

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Newport Winter Festival, grown ups may want to make note of tonight’s Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring (reservations required, 401-846-2260) and the 11th Annual Martini Contest at Newport Grand.

Funny how a drink holds a certain panache, a signature swagger. The Cosmo clearly has the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of galpals to tank for making the ubiquitous pink potion the official cocktail of Girls Night Out, and while the martini has never really gone out of style, we have Mad Men’s Don and Betty Draper to thank for it’s soaring popularity. (Frankly, Betty is being blamed, in the best of ways, for a lot of trends recently, including full, flirty skirts paired with belted waists, and coifed, flipped ‘dos. Wanna get the Portsmouth’s own Cynthia Bogart of TheDailyBasics.com got the fashion scoop from Janie Bryant, the costume designer behind Mad Men. CLICK HERE to read the story).

I must confess, I have Christie’s to thank for reuniting me with the legendary libation. Five dollar martinis seven days a week? It’s no wonder I finally broke down. Their gateway martini was the bevy of fresh and fruity concoctions, but one evening the bartender convinced me to try a standard, shaken not stirred, Beefeater gin martini with a twist, and it was lovely.

They continue to make a great martini, and I adore a Fifth Element gin martini,  and espresso renditions from Asterisk, the Clarke Cooke House and the Brick Alley Pub. But we’ll have to wait to tonight to see who Newport thinks does it best…

Mad Men photo courtesy AMC, Sex and the City photo courtesy HBO

February 23, 2011 at 9:48 am 2 comments

GNO on Martini Night

It’s a much-loved bonding ritual among ladies that sometimes seems to be the only thing that keeps us sane—girls’ night out! With only 15 more days until spring, there are even more reasons to hit the town with your best galpals and enjoy drinks, dinner and dancing.

With a chic space and $5 martinis nightly, Christie’s, on Perry Mill Wharf, is a fabulous place to start the night off right. The Stylephile got the scoop on some of the special concoctions that will be shaken and stirred in the coming weeks and they include:

A Summer Place: Ciroc Vodka and White Grape Juice

Cosmopolitan: Svedka Limon with Triple Sec, Cranberry and Fresh Lime

Dark Espresso: Svedka Vanilla with Dark Cocoa Liqueur and Iced Espresso

Bellini Martini: Svedka Vodka with Peach Tree Schnapps and a Dash of Champagne

Red Apple: Svedka Vodka with Sour Apple Schnapps and Cranberry Juice

Cherry Bomb Martini: Svedka Cherry Vodka and Maraschino Cherry Juice

Plain Jane: Svedka Vodka OR Bombay Gin, with your choice of garnish (olives, twist, etc.)

Check out even more special by clicking here.

When it’s time to tear up the dance floor, you’ll be happy to hear Felix Brown is booked at the Newport Blues Café nearly every Tuesday night now through at least the end of April and a few Friday and Saturdays in between. With a set blending hip hop with dance tracks, 80s music and reggae, jazz and rock, the dance floor is the place to be (even if it is a week night- it will be good practice for summer). Coming in from out of town or simply looking for a staycation? Check out some of Newport’s Girlfriend Getaway packages, many of which include spa treatments, makeovers, shopping coupons, champagne and more. Cheers!

March 4, 2010 at 7:56 am 3 comments


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