Season 1, episode 3 – Dinner at Eight.
Martin, Frasier and Niles are having dinner at The Timber Mill:
Waitress: Hi, can I get you guys something from the bar?
Frasier: [weary] Oh dear God, yes.
Niles: I’ll have a Stoli Gibson on the rocks, with three pearl
Frasier: [firmly] If you bring him two, if you bring him four – he’ll
send it back.
Waitress: And for you?
Frasier: The same.
You can see the cocktail when Frasier gets his drink in this scene:
Recipe: Stoli Gibson with Three Pearl Onions
2 1/2 oz Stolichnaya vodka
1/2 oz dry vermouth
Three pearl onions to garnish
Shake or stir the vodka and vermouth with ice, and strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with three pearl
onions on a skewer.
It’s kind of terrible. I have no problem with strong cocktails, and Stoli is actually my go-to for vodka based drinks. But it doesn’t work here – there is a bitterness that the vermouth and pearl onion juice doesn’t go anywhere near covering. We’ve had evidence that Niles is a martini man, but I can’t imagine him enjoying this. Even less when you consider the way it was probably mixed at The Timber Mill…