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The recipe above for the classic martini is right out of the IBA handbook - the official Classic Martini recipe. If you add Red Vermouth it is then called a "Perfect Martini"
If you use vodka instead of gin it is properly called a "Vodka Martini". If you put a cocktail onion in it instead of a twist or an olive it is a "Gibson". If you add olive juice to a gin martini it is a "Dirty Martini." If you add olive juice to a vodka martini it is a "Dirty Vodka Martini".
Anything else is what I term a "designer" martini - a cocktail that is served in a martini glass. I have stated often that I love martini glasses but I am not fond of these classics. The advent of the "designer" martini finally gave me a way to enjoy cocktail hour with the glass form of my choice.
So to all your "purists" out there I say "Loosen Up, Get Off Your High Horse and Take the Martini Pick Out of Your Behind." Cocktails are all about fun - do we drink to get serious? No, we drink to enjoy ourselves and relax - it is called "Happy Hour" ya know!
If you're really a purist, then maybe you should be ordering a "Martinez" instead of your "Martini" as the "Martinez" may very well be the very first version of the modern day Gin Martini.
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If you like this martini you might enjoy:
SATC - The Dirty Bastard Martini - another variation.
The Dirty Martini
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Here's the Martinez
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