An exercise in minimalism. Do you know how to make this classic drink?
- 60 ml 6 O'clock Gin
- 10 ml Dry Vermouth
Stir down all the ingredients over plenty of ice in a pre-chilled cocktail mixing glass. Once you have the drink well chilled and have a little dilution, strain into an ice cold coupette. And remember: The garnish maketh the martini! Lemon, orange or grapefruit twists all work well (depending on the gin); or go with a firm, green olive for a more savoury affair.
Dates From: Potentially as old as the 1840's, but in truth, unknown.
Key Flavours: Pure, clean botanical indulgence.
Background: The origins of the Martini can be traced back to numerous stories, some of which either reference (or look very similar to) the Martinez. The main thing to consider when making your own Martini at home is the ration of Gin to Vermouth; the temperature that you serve it at and the presentation. With only 2 ingredients to work with (excluding optional bitters and the garnish), the Martini is all about technique. Pre-chill everything in the freezer, make sure your glass is the right size (oz - 9oz) is ideal, and don't wait for it to get warm! There are many great saying around the Martini, but one to bear in mind when you're starting out is from James Thurber who said: “One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.” - you have been warned!