God is in the details.Mies van der Rohe
It has been written before that Mies van der Rohe insisted on only having three essentials in life: cigars, expensive suits, and martinis. When asked the question of ‘what he liked best’ he offered a similar list too: the martinis and cigars remained — the suits were overlooked, however, for his collection of collages by Kurt Schwitters. The specific Schwitters mention aside, both lists are of course lacking in all important detail.
From various biographies and sources, his cigars, quite naturally, seem to have been Cuban – possibly Dunhill-selection Montecristos. When it came to his suits, Mies taste it seems was just as refined — he apparently had a preference for Knize. On the subject of martinis, according, I think, to Lora Marx, his standard martini, at least in later life, was actually an onion garnished Gibson made with Seagram’s gin (for obvious reasons). Try as I might I haven’t been able to find any mention of his choice of vermouth or ratio. What is recalled however is how many he’d drink:
“Mies loved well-irrigated gatherings with colleagues and students. His prowess as a drinker was massive, as famously remembered as the identity of his favorite drink, the martini, a passion he cultivated in the United States.
Lora Marx recalled: “At dinner four martinis were standard. Then he would stop. ‘Remember, he would say, ‘After you have had five martinis you never eat dinner.’”
— Mies van der Rohe, by Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst