Martinis are fun drinks! There's no way around it. They're just fun! There are as many different recipes and theories about martinis as there are martini drinkers. They also go great with cigars!
Martinis are just cocktails meaning that it's a ton of alcohol skillfully blended to make a tasty beverage. The TRUE martini uses this recipe…
I'd also like to add one thing to this recipe… Run to bathroom and PUKE YER GUTS OUT!
God, that's disgusting! But that's the real deal. Thankfully someone had the good sense to NEVER MAKE THAT AGAIN and came up with the traditional martini cocktails that we know today.
Keeping your personal preferences to yourself, we should be able to agree that traditional martinis are gin or vodka based. The simplest recipes involve no vermouth at all (purists don't even believe in vermouth). Pour a couple of shots of gin (or vodka) into a shaker with ice. Shake 'til your hands fall off, strain into a martini glass, and drink! Garnish with a cocktail olive or onion and your drinking a martini.
It starts getting more complicated from there. Add a drop or two of dry vermouth and you've got a VERY dry martini. Add a black olive and you have a 'Buckeye'. Some olives are stuffed with cheese, pimento, garlic, peppers, nuts, or nothing at all. Garnishes include everything from olives, onions, fruits, vegetables, candy, chocolate, and so on. Mixing ingredients are limitless! You can make a martini out of just about everything under the sun. There are many great books about making the perfect martini. I suggest that you try as many as you can and let your personal tastes dictate future drink combinations.
What You Need
Making a martini is simple. You do need a few toys though. You will need a good cocktail shaker, stainless steel preferably. This breaks the ice better and gets the drink much cooler. You can use pint glasses in a pinch. You'll also need a shot glass or a jigger. Martini glasses aren't a must but they do put the bow on the package nicely. C'mon, they're so cool looking!
As for the alcohol, you'll want good ingredients to make good martinis. This doesn't mean you have to break the bank buying the stuff. The best martini I ever had used Gordon's Dry gin and nothing else! It's just a good idea to start with better ingredients. Once again, let your tastes dictate your choices. Vodka is another one of those drinks that causes many debates. By law, vodka isn't allowed to have ANY flavor to it. Do you need to buy the top shelf vodka for your martinis? NO! I know many people who use the crappy stuff and their martinis are great! Do a little test with your vodkas. Buy a bottle of cheap stuff and a bottle of expensive stuff. Take a shot of each. If you can taste a difference, more power to you. You probably won't even know the difference. A good rule to follow is if you can taste ANYTHING it's NOT good vodka.
Here are a few recipes that I like. I'll be featuring new recipes often and I encourage you to send along your favorites as well. For many fantastic martini recipes I recommend the book, Shaken Not Stirred, from Harper Perennial. It's great!
In a cocktail shaker (with ice of course) add…
Andy's Cocktail Olives - (Another Original)
Makes a great addition to any gin or vodka martini! I know I could have just said, "stuff some olives with cream cheese and bacon". This is the best way to make them. There's very little mess to clean up this way. My wife loves these olives. They're good enough to use as an appetizer!
If you like a little vermouth in your dry martini but are never sure just how much to use, simply drain the brine from a jar of olives an fill the jar with vermouth! The olives will soak up the vermouth and provide a perfect amount for your martini. Make sure to label the jar so you know which one has vermouth in it. You don't want to give a vermouth soaked olive to a vermouth hater!
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