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Stirred, not shaken. Centini adds to the celebrations

By Canberra100 - 14 May 2013 12

Celebratory Centinis

The Centenary of Canberra has inspired a classic martini cocktail – and to localise it even more, it has a Northside and Southside twist.

The Centenary martini – the Centini – is the creation of Schmooze founder Phillip Jones, and has the enthusiastic backing of noted Martini lover Robyn Archer, the Centenary of Canberra’s Creative Director.

The Centini will take its place among a range of Centenary products – from scarves and brooches to platters, teatowels, chocolates, wine and even condoms – created to honour Canberra 100th birthday.

The Centini recipe uses premium ingredients sourced from around Australia – gin from Western Australia, two vermouths from Victoria (tinged gold for the Northside, red for the Southside), ice made of water from the Snowy River and locally-grown olives.

The Centini will be officially launched tonight at a sold-out event at the National Press Club. Half the proceeds of the $39 tickets to the launch will benefit the official Centenary charity Dollars for Dili, as will proceeds of the online auction of the hand-made martini set by Yass glass artist Peter Minson.

Peter Minson

“Every now and then, a martini is just the trick – and the creation of the Centini couldn’t come at a better time to warm us up for all that the Centenary program offers in the beautiful chill of winter,” said Robyn Archer.

“This is a terrific initiative as it enters the territory of our Centenary red, white and sparkling from local winemakers, and our award-winning Meals to Midnight partners, the Hyatt Centenary Supper Club and King O’Malleys, the Centenary pub.”

For more information: http://www.schmooze.net.au/site/oneevent.php?id=1063.

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Stirred, not shaken. Centini adds to the celebrations
Masquara 9:35 pm 15 May 13

The Centenary of Canberra shouldn’t call Phillip Jones a “social entrepreneur” – he is an entrepreneur profiting from a social environment. “Social entrepreneur” is a term that shouldn’t be devalued – e.g. Elliott Costello of Y Generation Against Poverty is a social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs bring about social change and social benefit. An online Schmooze mogul is not, even though his website is entirely useful and a good thing.

Masquara 9:17 pm 15 May 13

Why didn’t they use the glass from the martini set?

poetix 6:17 pm 15 May 13

dpm said :

poetix said :

Everyone’s a critic…(-:

Basically, I just like vodka in whatever glass it comes. We can’t all be middle-class.

A humble poet wrote this.

Hey, I like vodka martinis too! It’s just that they’re called *vodka* martinis – as opposed to martinis!

Mmmm, careful, or you’ll end up being the sort of person who points out that a tomato is a fruit on every possible occasion. Or that a mushroom is not a vegetable or a fruit. And that a drink can be naked, even when wearing olives…

That last one is more interesting, come to think of it.

By the way, an olive is a fruit.

dpm 5:05 pm 15 May 13

poetix said :

Everyone’s a critic…(-:

Basically, I just like vodka in whatever glass it comes. We can’t all be middle-class.

A humble poet wrote this.

Hey, I like vodka martinis too! It’s just that they’re called *vodka* martinis – as opposed to martinis!

poetix 4:35 pm 15 May 13

Everyone’s a critic…(-:

Basically, I just like vodka in whatever glass it comes. We can’t all be middle-class.

A humble poet wrote this.

dpm 3:37 pm 15 May 13

poetix said :

If it has enough vermouth that you can see the tinge of red or gold, it has far too much vermouth. Just wave the vermouth bottle over the vodka.*

*Gin belongs in a gin and tonic.

I prefer naked martini’s – neat Gin (with olives)! 😛

neanderthalsis 3:26 pm 15 May 13

poetix said :

If it has enough vermouth that you can see the tinge of red or gold, it has far too much vermouth. Just wave the vermouth bottle over the vodka.*

*Gin belongs in a gin and tonic.

To a martini purist, no martini contains vodka, if you want a vodka based concoction, you order a vodkatini.

MarkJ 3:21 pm 15 May 13

poetix said :

Just wave the vermouth bottle over the vodka.*

*Gin belongs in a gin and tonic.

Pfft. Vodka belongs in brightly coloured drinks favoured by teenage girls and a certain ex-Canberra Raider.

astrojax 3:19 pm 15 May 13

DrKoresh said :

I love living in a country with such a strongly entrenched drinking culture. Where can I get one?

presumably, the Hyatt Centenary Supper Club and King O’Malleys, the Centenary pub

and beg to disagree, poetix, but while gin belongs of course in a g&t, a ‘vodka martini’ isn’t…

DrKoresh 2:42 pm 15 May 13

I love living in a country with such a strongly entrenched drinking culture. Where can I get one?

poetix 2:23 pm 15 May 13

If it has enough vermouth that you can see the tinge of red or gold, it has far too much vermouth. Just wave the vermouth bottle over the vodka.*

*Gin belongs in a gin and tonic.

astrojax 1:34 pm 15 May 13

how is one to verify that the ice derives from the pristine flows of the snowy and not the sludgy morass of some lesser aqua source? one wonders at the price tag of this concoction versus a regular martini made with bombay sapphire or its ilk. does the little umbrella in it come shapred as a skywhale?

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