Brace yourselves! I was in Penzey's the other day and discovered that they sell juniper berries. Reasoning (correctly as it turns out) that a couple of them would bring out the juniper flavor of gin, I brought home a four ounce bottle and promptly created a new variant on the martini.
I call it -- for obvious reasons -- THE COMEDIAN!
Here's the recipe:
Six parts gin
One part Noilly Pratt dry vermouth
Two juniper berries
One crescent slice of lemon peel
Be aware, however, that Noilly Pratt has recently changed their formula, turning the dry vermouth that was legendary for its compatibility with the martini into just another aperitif. Be sure to get the real stuff -- Noilly Pratt classic.
Shake with ice and serve stingingly cold.
To the right: The Comedian expresses his opinion of Noilly Pratt's meddling with perfection.