Monday, September 27, 2010


How to make a martini.

Martini, in my view is the king of all cocktails.
Its elegance, traditions, and simplicity can’t be matched by
any drink in the history of alcoholic beverage.
There is 1 very important rule to making a martini.
(Any self respecting bartender should know this rule)
A true martini is about 3 shots of pure chilled vodka/gin
For the price of one drink.
Oh and that thing about James Bond drinking martini shaken.
"It’s a movie and it’s not real".
Oh, and one more thing, if there any other ingredient then vodka/gin and dry vermouth it is not a martini. 
Just because the drink is in a martini glass, it does not make it a martini. 

Ice, Vodka/Gin, Dry vermouth, olives or lemon rind
1 Chill a martini glass.  Fill it with ice cubes or put it in the freezer.
  (The goal is to make it as cold as possible)
2 Fill a pint glass with ice, pour chilled vodka/gin to the glass. 
    I usually count to 3.  4 On a bad day.
   Here is the hard part.   STIR gently.
3 Remove the ice in the martini glass.  Pour a drop of dry vermouth and swirl.
   Pour out the vermouth. 
4 Very carefully with a strainer pour very cold and very chilled vodka/gin into    
    martini glass.
5 Garnish with olives skewered on a toothpick on the side.    
   (Olives take up valuable space in the glass) 
Option:  Lemon twist.  Peel a lemon rind twist over the martini to add zest oil  
               to the martini, gently curl it and lay it on the rim of the glass. 

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