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THE CLASSIC MARTINI
For you gin martini purists


Ingredients: Gin, Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist or Green Olives



There is always someone out there who says to me, "it's not a martini unless it's just gin and vermouth!" I agree a "MARTINI" is gin and vermouth with either a twist of lemon or an olive garnish.

The martini up top is today's modern version of a classic martini. You'll note I give no measurement for the vermouth as this is what makes the difference between a "regular" martini and a "dry" martini. The lower the vermouth, the drier the martini. There are those who will tell you to wave the vermouth bottle at their martini as they like it "very dry". They are not drinking a martini - they are drinking gin.

Once upon a time martinis were served without olives and with a twist of lemon only:

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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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