Couldn't decide whether to put this in "Stupid Questions" or not, but thought it might be worthy of it's own thread simply because I don't know if I
was being stupid or if my waiter was just clueless.
It's probably been 10 years since I've had a martini. I know that there are martini bars out there with all sorts of flavors.
I went to a piano bar with a friend the other night and decided to order a martini (seemed like a martini type of place
Me: I'd like a martini, please.
Waiter: What kind would you like?
Me (somewhat unsure): A plain old fashioned martini? With onions instead of olives, please. (was I off base here? I remember cocktail onions served with martinis instead of olives.)
Waiter (looking a bit confused): So you would like an old fashioned with onions?
Me: No. I would like a plain old martini, please.
Waiter: Okaaay, what flavor would you like?
Me: You know, where you pour the vermouth over ice -- shaken, not stirred (still smiling, trying to make a joke) and serve it with gin.
Waiter: Okay, gotcha.
What I was served was a martini glass chock full of ice and I'm not sure if there was any gin or vermouth in it. No onion. No olive. I may as well have ordered a glass of ice water in a martini glass.
To be honest, after wine with dinner and an after-dinner Irish coffee, I really didn't need a full-blown martini, so this sat just fine with me. Plus I really didn't want to be an overly fussy guest KWIM?
So . . . how do you order a martini? You know, with the 30-odd flavors on the menu when you want the plain old-fashioned regular straight up martini?
What did I do wrong here?