Real Cocktails: The Martini

Real Cocktails: Perfect Martinis | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #realcocktails #realfood #homebar

 

When I embarked on my cocktail journey, it was a labor of love.  I was intrigued by the rich history behind the Martini, imagining polished fingers gently cradling elegant martini glasses, conversing in suave cocktail parties in the 40s and 50s.

But the Martini not enjoys a posh status, but a legitimate status as a tried and true drink that has pleased palates for decades.  Martinis are the rare drink that whets appetite, isn’t too sweet, and could even be considered savory.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s the perfect dinner drink.

From my book, Real Cocktails:

Martinis are beautiful for precisely the reason that they are so hard to pin down.  You cannot perfect a Martini, because there isn’t one way to make a Martini.

One may prefer their Martini sweet, dry, extra dry, dirty, with vodka, with gin, garnished with maraschino cherries, olives with pimentos, olives without pimentos, or even a pickled cocktail onion.  You may prefer them with certain ratios of vermouth to gin, or with bitters or without.

The only way to find out your personal favorite, is to try Martinis several different ways.  Yep.  I’m telling you to drink more.

Let’s find out what yours is.  Try making a Dry Martini with Fresh Orange Bitters garnished with a blue cheese-stuffed Cocktail Olive.  Try a Sweet Martini with Aromatic Bitters garnished with a Brandied Cherry.  Keep mixing it up until you find your ideal combination.

Shaken, Not Stirred?  Gin or Vodka?

Contrary to what Mr. James Bond says, Martinis are much better when stirred with a bar spoon and then strained into cocktail glasses.  If you shake a Martini, the flavor and feel of the drink changes.  Try making one stirred, and one shaken.  You’ll see.

I’m just gonna come right out with it.  Gin is the way you make a real Martini.  I know that most people prefer vodka, and I can’t really fault them for it.  Vodka doesn’t taste like anything.  But if you want to have a real drink, then suck it up and pour yourself some gin and get to it!

Okay, okay!

The most popular type of Martini is generally the Extra Dry Martini.  If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, lean in that direction.

My Personal Favorite?

A Dirty Martini garnished with a cocktail olive stuffed with a nut, straight up, stirred, and made with gin.  The combination of salt with the smooth gin, and the perfect chill from stirring the drink in ice: this is what makes a great martini.

Cocktail Olive Stuffed with a Nut | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #realcocktails #homebar #realfood

Equipment Needed:

The Dry Martini

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
3 dashes Aromatic Bitters
olive, stuffed with a nut

Stir the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, using a long handled bar spoon, about 50 times for large ice cubes, but only 30 if using smaller cubes.  Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with the olive.

The Sweet Martini

1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Stir the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, using a long handled bar spoon, about 50 times for large ice cubes, but only 30 if using smaller cubes.  Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with the maraschino cherry.

The Extra Dry Martini

1 3/4 ounces gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
olive, stuffed with a nut, for garnish

Also called the 7-to-1 Martini or sometimes the Perfect Martini*, but you can also make it into a Gibson Martini by using a pickled cocktail onion as a garnish in place of the olive.

*The Perfect Martini, according to some sources, is a 7-to-1 Martini made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.  Try it!  It’s good, too.

Stir the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, using a long handled bar spoon, about 50 times for large ice cubes, but only 30 if using smaller cubes.  Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with the olive.

The Dirty Martini (my favorite!)

3 ounces gin
1/4 ounce olive brine
dash of dry vermouth
Cocktail Olive, stuffed with a nut, for garnish

Stir the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, using a long handled bar spoon, about 50 times for large ice cubes, but only 30 if using smaller cubes.  Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with the olive.

Gibson

Prepared Martini, without garnish
Cocktail Onion, for garnish

Prepare a Martini any way you like.  If you’re me, it’ll be a Dirty Martini.  Then, instead of garnishing with the cocktail olive, use a cocktail onion.

Cocktail Olives

1 ½ cups large green cured olives
1 cup dry vermouth, enough to cover

…want the full recipe?  Find it in my book, Real Cocktails.

Pickled Cocktail Onions

1 cup pearl onions
large pinch salt

Brine:

…want the full recipe?  Find it in my book, Real Cocktails.

Real Cocktails is full of garnish, bitters, liqueur, and other ferments recipes.  From Maraschino cherries to naturally crafted Worcestershire sauce for a Bloody Mary, Real Cocktails is thorough, and thoroughly real.  See the book HERE.

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  1. What are the health benefits of Martinis?

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