The martini is "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," as described by H.L. Menken and E. B. White called it "the elixir of quietude."
Martinis are all the rage right now. No, not your vermouth and gin with an olive martini. Martinis now come in a wide range of combos and flavors: apple, blueberry, spicy jalapeno, chocolate, lemon, cranberry, vanilla, basil, eggnog (nothing says the holidays like an eggnog martini!), watermelon, key lime, and basalmic vinegar (though for the life of me I can't think of why anyone would want one of these), to name a few. I have a friend that makes a KILLER - as in "to die for" - pomegranate and orange martini that comes in very handy at a scrapbook crop.