For a beginner who’s experimenting with a various kinds of cocktails, perhaps the most challenging among them is the Martini. Thanks to the creative genius of several mixologists, there are several variations of this cocktail doing the rounds. While connoisseurs stand by the original Martini, or the “true Martini”, as they like to call it – a drink made from gin and dry vermouth, you are also sure to come across an Apple or Orange Martini. Tasty as they might be the drinks are looked down upon by purists.
If you are looking for the perfect Martini, you may as well prepare to chase it, since it’s a highly elusive drink. Too many bartenders are caught up in the Pina Colada rage to deliver a halfway decent Martini to your table. And those who claim to be serving original Martini very rarely lack the expertise or patience to do the job well. And should you meet someone who tells you that a Martini is made with Vodka, you know you don’t want to stick around for a taste of it.
All things considered, maybe, you should try your hand at making Martini. As they say, when you want a job done well, you should do it yourself. So, let’s get started.
The key to a good Martini obviously lies in great ingredients. Inferior liquor is sure to leave its mark, so invest in a bottle of good Gin, and of course, a good Dry Vermouth. While Martini & Rossi is acceptable, Cinzano would be better.
Next in line is determining the correct ration of Gin to Vermouth to get that perfect Martini. Yu want it to be dry, but not too dry. The perfect Martini, experts say, is “dry, bracing and astringent,” so don’t spoil the taste by going in for over dry. Start off with a 3-to-1 Gin-to-Vermouth ratio and see how it suits you. Be sure to measure really carefully – even if you have to use a laboratory test tube. You don’t want to get it wrong.
In case you plan to add a lemon twist to your Martini, swipe the inside of each Martini glass with it. This imparts some of the lemon’s essential oils to the cocktail. Alternatively, you could throw in stuffed green olives, a couple drops of bitters, or cocktail onions into each glass.
Pour the Gin-Vermouth mixture into a stainless steel shaker filled with plenty of ice cubes. Whether you choose to stir your Martini or want it shaken like Mr. 007 is up to you. The cocktail has to be mixed briskly so that it is cold, yet not diluted.
Strain into the glasses and enjoy the fruit of your labor – the perfect Martini!
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