The Juice of the Orange Lime

This may be my last entry…

I enjoy a good Martini. I find them evocative of a time and place in a more innocent world. They are sophisticated, very grown up and, which is more, they knock your socks off. For those of you that haven’t had a Martini you should go to your local swanky cocktail bar and get yourself one. Don’t be fooled though, there is only one Martini even though the combinations of Gin and Vermouth are endless. If it contains any other ingredient it is simply not a Martini – this includes vodka and/or apple juice!

If you don’t fancy the grilling you will get at the swanky bar regarding your particular style of Martini here is my quick guide:

The Classic Martini:
Ingredients:
4 Parts Gin
1 Part Vermouth (I would translate this as two good shots of gin to half a shot of vermouth)
Ice
Lemon Twist

Method:

  1. Put your Martini glass in the freezer and leave it there until you are ready to pour
  2. Fill a large glass or cocktail shaker with ice
  3. Pour the Gin and Vermouth over the ice
  4. Stir continuously for at least 1 minute allowing the ice to slowly melt and tame the rawness of the alcohol – don’t be tempted to shake the cocktail, you’ll spoil it
  5. Keep tasting until you have a smooth aromatic liquor
  6. Strain the contents into your chilled glass
  7. Run the lemon twist around the rim of the glass and drop it into the drink
  8. Alternatively, leave the lemon out and garnish with an olive
  9. Enjoy!

Seems simple right? It’ll take a lot of practice to get it right which means a lot of Martinis to share with your friends.

There are many variants on the classic:

Dry Martini:
Add the vermouth to the ice, swirl and discard. The ice will have enough residual vermouth to flavour the gin and leave a harsher but still glorious drink.

Dirty Martini:
Garnish with an olive and pour a small splash of the olive juice into the cocktail – this will give it an oilier, saltier flavour which can make a refreshing change.

Gibson:
Mix the Martini as normal and garnish with a cocktail onion.

Experimentation and quality ingredients are the most important things. Don’t try to get away with the cheap stuff and soon you’ll be as sophisticated as a newt in no time!

This evening I knocked a Martini together using Tanqueray* Rangpur gin and Noilly Prat* vermouth and I can highly recommend it. It carries a slightly spicy, citrus flavour that makes your pallet sing.

Thanks for reading, now sip it slowly – it’s a savouring cocktail, not a gulping one!

*I am in no way affiliated with these manufacturers or products but if they wanted to hook me up with some free stuff I’d be more than happy!

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