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OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 17, 2005 02:20PM
We are putting together a martini gift basket for my boss. He drinks gin martinis and his favorite gin is Bombay. Soooo...

I have one 1.75 L Bombay Sapphire
one 750 ml Noilly Prat extra dry
one jar almond stuffed olives, domestic
one jar vermouth-soaked pimiento stuffed olives, imported
one jar vermouth-soaked cocktail onions, imported
one jar garlic stuffed olives, imported
One jar plain pimiento stuffed olives, domestic
one jar pickled green tomatoes, domestic

And I have an order in for various wonderful things wrapped in phyllo dough and baked, and an order in for parmesan cheese and herb puff pastry sticks.

And I am still severely under budget. I have about 35 bucks left. He does not need a shaker and he does not need a pitcher, nor does he need glasses--he has the best of all those things, and does not like "novelty" things like bendy stem martini glasses or margarita glasses perched on a cactus, etc.

Any ideas? Thanks--I suppose I could blow the rest on a bottle of Absolut or something, but he is very old fashioned about his martinis and vodka might be against his religion. Still, it would be an excuse to stop shopping. This got dumped in my lap Friday afternoon.

Thanks, Gutie
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 17, 2005 02:25PM
Double up-get two bottles of the gin and the second thing, whatever that is, if you have enough. What I know about gin will fit nicely on the head of a pin. But it would look balanced.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 17, 2005 02:30PM
P.S. Attention mid-Atlantic Safeway shoppers: 5 lb. bags of Gold Medal unbleached all purpose flour are a buck, no limit.
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: bangman
Date: December 17, 2005 03:22PM
Good job with that gift. We have to do the same thing in our office and man, it can be a royal pain getting it right for the individuals.

BTW you might find an elegant stirrer if he already has the other pieces.



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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 17, 2005 03:49PM
Mmmmm.... Bombay Sapphire...

The only suggestions I have are:
Fancy olive picks
Fancy stir sticks
Anchovy stuffed olives
Blue Cheese stuffed olives

Here are some pick ideas to give you an idea of what I am talking about:
[www.amazon.com]

DM
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 17, 2005 03:51PM
Thanks, bangman. We were wracking our brains as usual over the annual gift, when I suddenly remembered that the boss and I were discussing martinis one evening years ago and he expressed a preference for Bombay. Mine's Beefeater, which he says is too rough. So we were off and running with the gift.

Thanks for the stirrer idea--that's a good one. A long time ago I was dating a scientist type who mixed his martinis in a beaker with one of those glass rods they use in labs. I used to wonder where that glass rod had been.
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 17, 2005 03:57PM
If he likes his drink extremely dry, get a nice mister like [www.after5catalog.com]

but goggle Martini Mister and you'll get choices.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld
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Re: Martini gift basket
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 17, 2005 04:52PM
When I was a child I was so intrigued with martini paraphernalia: the pitcher, the stirrers, the picks, it all looked like such fun. What a disappointment to grow up and find out that I didn't like martinis! Years later, I found out that I do like vodka martinis. What a relief. :-D



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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: 3d
Date: December 17, 2005 05:45PM
Nice gift. I second doubling up on the gin. That stuff goes quick.

Or... since you have cash left, instead of a girly wicker(?) basket to hold all that stuff in. Spend the extra cash you got left on a more manly duffel bag that he might actually use when all the goodies are gone.

Something like this?
[www.eBags.com]

Or... a big coffee table book on—guess what?—matinis.

The Martini: An Illustrated HIstory of an American Classic
[www.amazon.com]
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 17, 2005 06:34PM
$35 iTunes Gift Card! :-)
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Re: OT: Martini gift basket
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: December 17, 2005 10:25PM
Maybe a martini tie tack and a pair of socks? [www.martiniware.com]
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