Striking Writer Martini

Here’s an idea for all of you mourning the cancellation of the Golden Globes. Put on a fancy dress or a tuxedo to suit your gender, mix this fabulous cocktail and toast both the absent victors and the struggling writers.

Why this cocktail in particular? Well, its appropriate for two reasons: it’s elegance itself and would be a splendid addition to any award ceremony; and it was created by screenwriter Nian Aster while taking some much deserved solace at the “The Backstage Bar”.

I’d write more, but in deference to the worthy and courageous writers, I will keep this particular story brief.


  • 2 oz vodka “to fortify against the cold Strike Winter”
  • 2 oz cranberry juice “as the writers are seeing red”
  • 1 oz sour lemon juice “to symbolize the tears of oppression”
  • 4 scant drops vanilla “to symbolize the 4 cent raise they asked for”
  • There’s no cherry in this drink, as writers aren’t getting a piece of the pie.

copy in the ready & go sections written by Nian Aster


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass


  1. Chill cocktail glass to identify with the families that risk being out in the cold.
  2. Add vodka, cranberry, lemon juice, vanilla extract and a few ice cubes to cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Pour into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a half a grapevine, as the writers hope to be back on the set soon.

copy in the ready & go sections written by Nian Aster

What you should know

You can substitute vanilla vodka for the four drops of vanilla extract.

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Re: Striking Writer Martini

Although we make fun here, strikes are no laughing matter. There are families struggling to remain above water as two sides fight for footing amidst a shifting paradigm in the way we view our entertainment. Writers are a gifted lot by virtue of their ability to entertain, but long term stability is difficult for even the most talented scribe. There are a fortunate few who earn millions, but most writers simply struggle to remain a part of the middle class. So raise your glasses in support of writers who are fighting to be treated with the respect and financial security they deserve.

Re: Striking Writer Martini

Teddy Roosevelt said “actions speak louder than words”. As someone who admires penmanship above all things, I haven’t always agreed with this sentiment. I do today. This is a great recipe for a noble cause!