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Martinis for Dino and musical theater: Thursday night specials
by Plain Dealer Entertainment Editors Thursday June 11, 2009, 12:20 AM
Today is Thursday, June 11, and here are The Plain Dealer Entertainment Editors' picks for having fun tonight.
Raise a glass - no, make that a wet bar, a liquor cabinet and a jar of olives - in honor of Dean Martin. Thursday, June 7, would be the 92nd birthday of the patron saint of John Petkovic's After Dark column. (OK, so it's four days later than the actual birthday, but it IS still Thursday.)
The legendary Dean Martin would be 92 years old.
The Steubenville native, born Dino Crocetti, tore it up when he moved to Cleveland in 1940. Formerly a two-bit blackjack dealer, he took the name Dino Martini and landed his first steady gig crooning for $35 a week at the Vogue Room of the now-closed Hollenden Hotel on East Sixth Street. Then came Hollywood, the Rat Pack and Vegas.
The legacy of the top-shelf entertainer, who died in 1995, is a mixed drink that's as smooth as it is fermented. So party with him, in spirit. Remember, he's the guy - or one of the guys - who reputedly said: "I feel sorry for people who don't drink because when they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're gonna feel all day." Dino, legend has it, was fond of the Gibson variation of the classic martini. Here's how to make one at home:
2 1/2 oz. gin (or vodka)
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1 or 3 cocktail onions for garnish
Shake with ice in cocktail shaker, strain into chilled cocktail glass and enjoy!
If you prefer to salute Dino at one of the Cleveland area's many happy hours, check out Petkovic's recommendations at cleveland.com/goingout and cleveland.com/afterdark