Drink Recipe:: The Martini

by Negronis Greg

The Martini is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. Its origins are somewhat murky, but most sources point to it being invented in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Some say it was first created by a bartender in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, while others say it was invented in New York City. The cocktail gained popularity during Prohibition as a way to mask the taste of bootlegged alcohol.

Ingredients: The classic Martini is made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or lemon twist. However, there are many variations on this classic recipe, including substituting vodka for gin, and using different types of vermouth.

Recipe: To make a classic Martini, you will need:

  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • ice
  • garnish of your choice (olive or lemon twist)

Instructions:

  1. Add ice to a mixing glass or shaker.
  2. Add gin and vermouth.
  3. Stir or shake until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an olive or lemon twist.

Best Martini Makers: There are many great bars and bartenders that make fantastic Martinis, but one of the most famous is Sasha Petraske, who founded the famed New York City speakeasy-style bar, Milk & Honey. Unfortunately, Petraske passed away in 2015, but his influence can still be felt in the cocktail world.

As for who is making the best Martini today, that is a matter of personal taste. Some people prefer a classic gin Martini, while others prefer a vodka Martini or a variation on the classic recipe. It all depends on your personal taste preferences.

Personal Opinion: As for my personal opinion, I love a good gin Martini with a twist of lemon. I think the botanicals in the gin pair really well with the acidity of the lemon. I also prefer my Martini stirred, not shaken, as I find it gives the cocktail a smoother, more well-balanced flavor.

Pairing: A Martini is a great aperitif, meaning it's the perfect drink to enjoy before a meal to whet your appetite. It pairs really well with salty snacks like olives, nuts, and charcuterie.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about the classic Martini. Cheers!


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