Friday, July 26, 2013

The Martini

You drink this and you get it ... ahh, the mighty Martini. A truly elegant, adult drink. And if you're not careful, one that will mess you up real good, real fast. Origins, a little murky. Some say the name comes from the Italian vermouth brand Martini, established in 1863. Some others say the drink comes from the Martinez, served at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco in the early 1860s. Most likely, the form we know today came to be in the mid 20th century, as gin become more readily available, and its distillation became more refined.

Everyone has their opinion on what goes in, but it's indisputable that a martini is a drink containing gin and dry vermouth. Ratios may very, garnishes are a matter of preference, but no vermouth, no martini. And so you try to continue to try to perfect the proportions that work for you, to continue tinkering and refining.

The Martini

Your choice of gin - in this case, Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
Martini Dry Vermouth
Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters
Fresh lemon

In a mixing glass, pour: one dash of orange bitters, 2 ounces of gin, and 1 ounce of vermouth

Fill with ice and stir quickly for 30 seconds

Strain into a coupe

Zest a lemon; express the lemon oils over the drink and rim the glass


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