Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Cocktail Hour - Martini

A real martini. Not made with flavored vodka, not a swish of vermouth and a glass filled with vodka (as much as I like Bond), and it definitely doesn't have the word "apple" in it. The original martini is now called a "Gin Martini," and at most bars if you order a "Martini" you'll get something closer to a shot and a half of vodka in a pretty glass. The real, original martini was a beautifully balanced, slightly sweet and surprisingly smooth drink.

And it used to be garnished with a cherry.

Anyway, here's a martini as I make 'em; I leave off the garnish (but a twist of lemon or orange would go nicely).

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • Dash of bitters (ideally orange, but it's good with herbal too)

Fill shaker with ice, pour in ingredients. Shake (or, for original authentic-ness stir), and strain into martini glass.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

We use gin very little vermouth. We like a dry martini. I agree, the flavored ones are martini want to be. Never bring up flavor to Jerry, Never.