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You may think, how hard can it be? But orderin g a martini is something that I
often see people struggle with at the bar because they just don't understand
what the terms actually mean.
The hard part is deciding how you want your martini.
Personally I'm a 'There's a martini for every occasion' kind of a person but
some people like to have a fail safe signature and that's cool too, you might
just have to revive the three-martini lunch while you're figuring out what you like.
First pick your spirit. The martini was originally made with gin
but we're not Puritans here so if vodka is your thing then do it, just understand
that if you are ordering a martini nowadays you will literally be getting
an ice-cold glass of spirit and vermouth. It's not like in the disco martini age
when ordering a martini could get you any manner of sweet and fruity cocktail,
as long as it was served in a martini glass.
Second decide how dry you like your martini.
Dry in this context is the opposite of wet and not the opposite of sweet
and refers to how much vermouth is gonna go in your cocktail, more vermouth
means it's gonna be smoother and rounder, and less vermouth means it's gonna be crisper.
I'll go into the evolution of this in another video I will put a link
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But please don't be scared of a wet martini
it's a delicious drink and especially good to make sure that
you don't hit the floor before dinner.
Third choose your garnish. Lots of people
like a dirty martini, which has a dash of olive brine in the drink, as well as
being garnished with olives or you can just have it garnished with olives
because who doesn't like a snack with their cocktail? In a similar vein the Gibson is
garnished with a pickled onion.
Or if savoury isn't your thing then go for a citrus twist?
The go-to is lemon but some gins and vodkas will work really well
with orange or grapefruit depending on their flavour profile.
Now shaken or stirred?
We all know that James Bond likes his martinis shaken, but I'm
definitely more of a stirred girl. For me it's all about the texture.
Shaking it will mix the ingredients and chill it down but you do run the risk of over
dilution and stirring it keeps that silky smooth texture that I love so much.
Of course this is a personal preference so why don't you try a few types for
yourself? If you'd like to do this in the safety of your own home here are a
couple of martini variations to get you started.
Or if you'd like to know more about the story of the martini, because who doesn't
love a good story then here's a video on that too.
So now you know.