Enjoy a Friday Cocktail!
The Friday Cocktail will be a regular feature of this site, though not necessarily weekly. Up first, The Classic Martini.
What you’ll need: Gin, Vermouth (Dry), and Spanish olives
Chill a 3 ounce martini glass in the refrigerator or on ice. In a shaker, pour 2 ounces Gin and then 1/2 ounce Vermouth over cracked ice. Then shake (or stir) briskly. Strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with Spanish olives.
They way I like it:
I prefer my gin to be Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin together with Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth. Sometimes I like a shade more gin than the amount above. I always have my gin martinis with olives, and for a twist, I’ll get a Dirty Martini with just a 1/2 teaspoon of olive juice added. Occasionally, I recommend using Spanish olives stuffed with blue cheese as an alternative to the usual pimentos.
For a long time this was a signature drink for me. One I ordered when something else didn’t appeal or catch my interest while dining out. The recipe I’ve given is just one of several variations of this classic drink dating back to the early 1900s. Check out a guide like Mr. Boston or search the internet for other recipes. Martinis are a very personalized drink. One person’s style may not suit another’s taste.
Just remember, drink responsibly.