Sunday, April 29, 2012


To think that after all this time spent consuming cocktails of all varieties, I have not once thought to order a martini.  To think that after all the time I have spent scouring recipes online and in books, it never occurred to me to try one of the all-time classics.  To think that I've had many drinks with a laundry list of ingredients, yet I never once considered this 2 ingredient libation.  

I think a lot of my complete disregard for the martini was due in part to the fact that I have been conditioned to dismiss Martini from my lexicon.  I like gin but I prefer Mezcal, Whiskey, Rum & Tequila better - so there's that.  But my misplaced disdain for the Martini had to do with how it has been assembled over the past few decades.  The actual martini is a simple concoction of stirred gin and dry vermouth.  Beyond that, I'm skeptical about the dirty variety where you add a splash of green olive brine.  I'm skeptical but I'm accepting of it.  But that's as far as I'll permit the martini to veer before I call it something else.  "What about the wet martini/dry martini, Memo?"  Well, that just refers to the amount of dry vermouth you want in your martini.  If you want a dry martini, you are asking for a martini with little vermouth.  If you want a wet martini, then the contrary is true. 

Nowadays, and for the longest time now, the martini is made with vodka and it's shaken.  no. No! NO!  And the stemware that is used to serve the martini in - the martini glass - it's used to pour anything into and then called ____-tini (i.e. appletini) or the entire name is added to the end of something else (i.e. chocolate martini, peach martini, strawberry martini, etc...). wrong. Wrong! WRONG!  The name of the glass is named after the drink, not the other way around.  I'm sorry but you can't shouldn't be allowed to pour anything into the glass and call it a ___tini or xxxxx-martini.   

Don't be fooled, there is only one Martini [with a few variants to suit your personal taste].  No shaking, no vodka and nothing other than gin, vermouth and a simple garnish of olives or a lemon twist.            

Martini - "Shaken, not stirred."  Fuck you, Mr. Bond.  This drink has no business being shaken.  Stirred & Strained.  End of story.

Recipe from my PDT Cocktail Book.

"He knows just how I like my martini - full of alcohol."
- Homer Simpson

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes it's the most simple things that makes the greatest statements. I love discovering new things about my palate and preferences!

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