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Quick bites with: Marjie Martini, Creator of Martinis @Midnight


PQ: What’s your martini philosophy?

MM: Martinis should be made with top shelf liqueur and very little juice. And they are meant to be sipped or savoured.


PQ: What’s the most important principle in mixing martinis?

MM: Knowing when to shake and when to stir. ie: James Bond was wrong. Shaking isn’t always necessary.


PQ: One martini you can’t live without?

MM: The Dilemna Martini. Gin, Grand Marnier, lemon and lime.


PQ: What martini should people be more open to trying?

MM: Gin martinis.


PQ: Most memorable martini you’ve ever had?

MM: The signature Apple Martini at the W Hotel in NYC.


PQ: Exact moment you decided to start Martinis @ Midnight?

MM: When I was sharing a Vanilla Sky Martini with my girlfriend at Hy’s. That night I went home and created my first column. That was the summer of ’04.


PQ: What is the concept behind Martinis @ Midnight?

MM: To use the martini as a vehicle to give people insight into their love lives and relationships.


PQ: What is the purpose of Martinis @ Midnight?

MM: At the end of the day, I would like to have a transition house and secondary transition house for women.


PQ: What are the elements of Martinis @ Midnight?

MM: The first element is the monthly mixer at the Mallard every second Friday of every month. The second element are my books and gift packs. The third element: I am developing the Martini Master’s program. It is a weekend workshop where people learn to master the art of Martini Making.


PQ: Who attends the parties?

MM: People from every walk of life, from 30 years and up: couples, singles, yummy mommies, locals, Vancouverites, internationals.


PQ: Greatest professional moment?

MM: The sale of my first book.


PQ: Where would you go for your last martini in Whistler?

MM: Araxi’s.


PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your career?

MM: My father, because he was a true gentleman of the ’40s and ’50s era. He loved martinis and shoes.


PQ: What advise would you give anyone wanting to come into the martini industry?

MM: Drink lots of water.

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