EB White, the famous American writer has called the martini cocktail the “elixir of quietude”. Martini is a cocktail made with vermouth and gin, and garnished with a lemon twist of olive.
Origin of the Martini Cocktail
The exact origin of martini cocktail is unknown but it is said that in 1863, a vermouth maker from Italy started marketing their product under the brand name of Martini, after the name of its director. It is believed that the brand name may be because of the cocktail’s name. There is another story which suggests that in 1860s at the Occidental hotel in San Francisco which was located near a nearby town named Marinez, martini cocktail was first offered on the menu. However People of Martinez claim that a bartender from their town created this drink for the first time known as “Martinez Special”
There is yet another story of martini cocktail originating in New York’s Knickerbocker Hotel. Nevertheless, martini has become a very popular mixed alcoholic drink over the years.
How to order a Martini Cocktail?
Dry, Wet or Perfect Martini: Ordering a dry martini means you are asking for a martini with less vermouth. Vermouth adds a sweet flavor to your martini. So if you are asking dry be prepared for a hard taste. An extra dry martini won’t have vermouth at all. A wet one comes with more and the perfect ones equal the amount of gin and vermouth.
Gin or Vodka: When you order a martini, you get a cocktail made of gin and vermouth with an added flavor of an herb. However you can choose to use vodka instead of gin. Make sure you tell the bartender your choice.
Shaken or Stirred: A shaken martini cocktail is mixed in a cocktail shaker with ice and thus produces a diluter drink. On the other hand, the stirred martini chills the cocktail without using the ice and diluting it.
Dirty: A dirty martini automatically comes with olives. If you are an olive lover, then you will love this martini as you get an option to add extra olives or olives juice.
Gibson: The only difference here is that it comes garnished with a small onion also known as cocktail onion instead of an olive.
Vesper: This martini is different and comprises of gin, vodka, lillet blanc and lemon twist. It has become famous after James Bond movie Casino Royale.
Some people say that the martini cocktail is made of a 5:1 ration, 5 part gin and 1 part vermouth but restaurants and bar nowadays do not use much vermouth, only a splash probably. They just adjust the amount of gin or vodka depending on the glass size.
How do you make a classic martini cocktail?
1 oz dry vermouth
4 oz gin
1 cocktail glass
Ice or lemon twist or a pickled and green olive
For best tasting martinis store the martini glass in the freezer for one to two hours. Vermouth needs to be stored in the refrigerator as it perishes easily.
- Firstly fill the metal shaker (make sure you store the metal shaker in freezer) with cracked ice.
- Pour the dry vermouth preferably Noilly Prat or according to your choice. Stir the mixture briefly, and strain out (this may be discarded).
- After that add 4 oz of gin preferably Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, or Beefeater and make it around 94-proof.
- Stir or shake briskly for about 10 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist or an olive. Pour it into chilled martini cocktail glass.
- Garnish it with the olive or lemon twist and serve it straight up. Make sure there is no ice in the glass
If someone is asking for rocks with martini, it means that the person wants the leftover of ice from the shaker. In this case pour the martini into the cocktail glass and pour the leftover ice in a rock glass.
In most restaurants the customers get a choice to choose which liquor they want to add in their martini cocktail. The liquor quality is divided into well, call and premium. Well is the not the expensive one and is displayed on the lower shelf, call is the middle one and premium is the costliest one which is displayed on the top shelf. You can choose either one depending on what you want and you’re the money you want to spend on your martini cocktail.