Thirsty Thursday: US Marine Corps Martini + Memorial Day Weekend Sales Galore

I found this cocktail recipe on, and think it is so cool, and the perfect cocktail to serve this holiday weekend.  A weekend to remember, and to celebrate all those who have lost their lives fighting for our country.  I can’t say it enough, thank you, to all those who have served, and continue to serve!

Yields 6 Servings
“The US Marine Corps was founded in Philadelphia on Nov. 10, 1775 in a tavern during the American Revolutionary War. The name of the tavern was ‘Tun Tavern.’ There is an exact replica of Tun Tavern at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. It was at Quantico in this Tun Tavern that the US Marine Corps Martini was born over 50 years ago. It has been made and served all over the world. Is it a killer martini? More on that later. It is sometimes referred to as the 5-4-3-2-1 Martini. To your health and good cheer! ‘Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.'”

 5 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers vodka
 4 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers gin
 3 cubes ice
 2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers pale dry sherry
 1 1/2 fluid ounces water


Pour vodka, gin, ice cubes, sherry, and water into a glass container and freeze until mix is slushy, at least 3 hours. At the same time, freeze martini glasses.
Pour martinis into glasses, straining out any remaining ice cubes.

Footnotes from

  • “Lots of folks figure that because these are US Marine Corps Martinis they must be wildly strong. This is not at all the case. Most professional bartenders serve a martini in which the ratio is four (or five) parts gin to one part vermouth. The vermouth is itself 16% to 18% alcohol. The Marine Corps Martini is indeed much milder. There are nine parts liquor to five parts dry sherry and water. This is a martini in which the liquor ratio is 1.8 to 1. Not only is the mixture half as strong as the normal martini, the one part water and three ice cubes further reduces the alcohol content. These are not Marine Corps killer martinis.
  • The problem is that these martinis are so smooooth, one tends to drink them too fast and drink too many. One or two are enough – and beyond that be sure to name your designated driver!!
  • Serve the martini, as is your custom, with olives or a twist. Or serve with pickled onions, changing it from a martini to a Gibson. Serve with an olive and an onion, and you have a Gibtini.”


Oh my word, there are so many Memorial Day Weekend Sales!  I feel like my inbox is constantly buzzing with new sales popping up at!  Might as well check off some of your wish list items, while they’re on sale, right?  Here, I’ve listed some of my favorite sales, and some of my favorite things…
C. Wonder – 25% off your order of $100+
Discount applied at check-out.
It spells out “Love You”
It spells out “I Love You”
A great Father’s Day gift!
Chevron Notecards (Set of 50)
Burke Decor
Use code MEMORIAL at check-out for 20% off site-wide.
If you’ve been eyeing the Turkish-T Towels, that are all the rage right now, get them here, at a discount.
Perfect for the beach/pool!
Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale
Save up to 40%
A great neutral that you can dress up or down.  Currently available in all sizes, and marked down almost $100.
Available in Pool and Black.  Only $59.  The back is the best part!
Only $34!
While browsing around the site, I came across these Pilsner glasses.
While they’re not on sale, how fun would they be for a gift?
It’s no secret to my long-time readers that I love J.Crew.  It’s the easiest, brightest thing to throw on this summer.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share more sales, and even more J.Crew pieces I’m loving.  For now, I’m leaving you with these favorites!  I may or may not have all of these throw-on, super soft tops and shorts.  Score them all and save!  Use code SHOPNOW and save $30 off your order of $150+, $50 off $200+, and $75 off $250+.
J.Crew Chino Shorts (Sea Glass, Shocking Pink, and Citrus Lime) All shorts on sale for $35.
Hope y’all have a wonderful rest of your Thirsty Thursday!

9 thoughts on “Thirsty Thursday: US Marine Corps Martini + Memorial Day Weekend Sales Galore

  1. Love the Memorial Day sales too! Thank goodness for online shopping since I will be at the baseball field all weekend with my boys! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Do you always get J.Crew chino shorts in the 3" length? I'm really tall and am contemplating the 7" inseam but don't want to look frumpy. What do you think?

  3. Do you always get the 3" chino shorts from J.Crew? I'm thinking of getting the 7" shorts as I am so tall but want to avoid looking frumpy. I've never seen them in person though. Thoughts?

    1. I normally like my shorts low on my hips, so the 3" chino shorts aren't too short on me. I'm 5'6". Not sure how tall you are, but I would at least go for the 5", and not the 7". May be a little too frumpy. Good luck!

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