The Friday Tipple: Equalitini


It’s time to put down those protest signs, Boozers. The Justices have packed up their robes for the weekend and it’s time for a wee drink. Or perhaps two — holding the scales of justice is a tough job. Time for a martini.

A martini is a perfect marriage of just a few essential elements, like any relationship. For some, a true martini can be made only with gin, while others eschew anything but vodka. Shaken or stirred, an olive or a twist of lemon — these are all a matter of opinion. We don’t judge, we just mix. That’s what we call Equalitini.


Unlike Prop 8, V8 believes in the concept of E pluribus unum: out of many, one. This tasty little vegetable juice adds a spring-like depth to this cocktail, but it’s the chunk of fresh horseradish — a root that is readily available in most grocery stores during this Passover season — that gives it a real kick in the pants. 

2 ounces gin or vodka (we used Catoctin Creek’s Watershed Gin, but we firmly support your right to choose any liquor you prefer)

1 ounce V8 or other vegetable juice

1-inch chunk of fresh horseradish, peeled

splash of vermouth

two strips of paper-thin fresh horseradish, for garnish

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with several cubes of ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with strips of horseradish.