• Learning Challenges

    Simply teaching literacy to young people at-risk is not enough. The demonstration project had to develop multiple approaches to helping the young people overcome a wide variety of challenges.

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Simply teaching literacy to young people at-risk is not enough.

Learning Challenges

Simply teaching literacy to young people at-risk is not enough. The demonstration project had to develop multiple approaches to helping the young people overcome a wide variety of challenges. Overcoming social and emotional barriers was a necessity in the demonstration project. Many, though not all, of the students at the New School experienced highly turbulent […]

Promising Practices

Program Model: The instructional and support model used in the youth literacy demonstration was one of high expectations and correspondingly high support. The classes were small, with 20 or fewer students. Students were expected to be on time and maintain a high attendance record. All classes were taught by an instructional team in an independent […]

The Students

A significant number of young people with severe reading problems drop out of school and/or engage in at-risk behaviours. This was the case with many of the students who enrolled in the New School demonstration program. The young people who were recruited to participate in the demonstration classroom were on average 16 years old and […]

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How to Make a Vodka Martini on Your Party

how to make a vodka martiniMartini is one of those cocktail drinks that have withstood the test of time.  The martini was created almost a century ago and it is still to this day a very popular mixed drink on bars, clubs, and other high class socialite events and gatherings.  Needless to say, the martini is not just a great cocktail drink per se, but that the overall sophistication it imbues is unparalleled by any other drink.  Perhaps the only other cocktail drink that has a very good chance of standing toe to toe with the martini is another martini itself – the vodka martini.

The original martini uses gin as its primary spirit, whereas the vodka martini makes use of vodka.  Both gin and vodka are colorless as their liquid form looks very much like water.  However, the big difference between the two is that vodka doesn’t have both taste and odor, whereas gin has the smell and flavor of juniper berries.

The biggest issue with gin is that not many are exactly a fan of its flavor.  Enter the vodka, a spirit that is a very effective alternative and substitute to gin.  Since it possesses strong points where gin is weak, for many aficionados and those with passion for fine cocktail drinks, vodka martini is the better type of martini.  If vodka was available back then during the creation of the martini, it is likely its inventor would have used vodka instead of gin.

If you are studying how to make different mixed drinks, such as how to make a vodka martini, to better train in the process of concocting this mixed drink, it is best to always have the ingredients and equipment necessary for making the drink..  For vodka martini, you will need the following:

  • Vodka
  • Vermouth
  • Garnish (olive, lemon twist, or lemon peel)
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini Glass

To make the vodka martini, get your cocktail shaker and place in your vermouth and vodka inside with appropriate amounts according to your serving.  Put in some ice inside the shaker than cover the shaker with its top lid.  Take the shaker and hold it with both hands with one hand holding the top of the shaker and the other hand holding the bottom part.  Shake the contents very vigorously.  Strain the liquid on a chilled martini glass.  Add in your garnish and finally you’re done.  Serve and enjoy.