How to Make the Perfect Martini

How to make the perfect martini

As soon as you say martini, “that glass” , the vision of “that glass” pops in your head. It’s got to be in “that glass”. A martini in a wine glass? What? Goes against everything in your brain. Makes no sense. It actually kinda pisses you of f.
…..so glassware is crucial, and “that glass”, that martini glass has to be, has to be chilled.

Cold drinks go in cold glasses. Hot drinks go in hot glasses.

The original martini was made with gin. Vodka came later. And the proportions were 3 to 1. 3 parts gin, 1 part dry vermouth, partly because the gin was rot gut. Gins have gotten way better, as have most spirits. Now a days, the proportions are 15 to 1, if the dry vermouth is used at all. A rinse, a whisper, a mist, …just wave the dry vermouth bottle near the shaker glass.

So the instructions are pretty straight forward:

  1. Chill “that glass”
  2. Fill shaker glass with ice, choice of gin or vodka
  3. Shake the dickens out of that thing, as if your X and their attorney were in the glass.
  4. Strain into “that chilled martini glass”
    Garnish with choice of :

  • Lemon twist
  • Olives
  • Cocktail onions (then it would be a Gibson)
  • Cucumber wheel

Serve, sip, and enjoy.


Warning: A martini is a powerful drink. It is direct and to the point. No pussy foot’n around. It will sneak up on you. It will get you where you’re going.

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