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How to Drink 52 Martinis with Forest Collins
Episode 22329th November 2022 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
00:00:00 00:42:13

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How is it possible that you move to one of the chicest, if not the chicest, cities in the world and not find an even passible martini?  Today’s guest is living proof that anything is possible!

Today joining me is the inimitable Forest Collins, founder of, which chronicles her search for the best cocktail bars in Paris as well as loads of other cocktail news from all over France. 

She is the creator of the iOS app Paris Cocktails and host of the radio show and podcast Paris Cocktail Talk. As a freelance writer, she has written for Drinks International, Serious Eats, the World’s Best Bars site, PUNCH drinks, and so many other publications about the Paris cocktail scene. Forest is the Academy Chair for France for the World's 50 Best Bars and President of the France chapter of the Les Dames d’Escoffier.

We met during Venice Cocktail Week, and now I can’t imagine a time when I didn’t know her.

But before you get to meet her too, did you know that you can now watch Forest’s episode plus all the other Lush Life episodes as well as a whole lot more on Youtube, so check out the Lush Life Youtube Channel!! Just head to!

Now here is Forest.


Our cocktail of the week is Forest’s own favorite Martini:


  • 1 part Dry Vermouth
  • 4 parts London Dry Gin
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters
  • Preserved lemon rind


  • Add all the vermouth gin and bitters to a mixing glass
  • Add ice
  • Stir, stir, stir
  • Strain it into a Martini glass
  • Garnish it with the preserved lemon rind for a citrus/briny pop!


You’ll find this recipe, more cocktail recipes, and all the cocktails of the week at, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.

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