A few more thoughts on “Shaken vs. Stirred”…..
The most convincing argument I’ve heard in favor of a stirred martini is the silky mouth feel that I mentioned early.
The shaken drink tends to be aerated, at least at first, which gives it a different mouth feel. I will acknowledge that the feel of a stirred martini is awesome. But just as the aerated mouth feel of the shaken martini fades, so does the silkiness of the stirred. So for 84.5% of the time I’m savoring my martini, the mouth feel of the two mixing methods is identical.
Then it comes down to temperature and the shaken martin is always colder. Checkmate.
I think it only fair to let you, my dedicated reader, know my preferences. I order Bombay Sapphire Martini shaken with just a splash of Vermouth served in a very well chilled Martini glass with a twist of lemon.
I will occasionally order Bombay Sapphire East, when available. If so I skip the Vermouth entirely. If a lime wedge is offered I occasionally choose that over lemon but the difference is very subtle and either is excellent if fresh
Things that make a Martini special, other than an abundance of gin, include having it served ice cold, with freshly peeled garnish. Martini pet peeves include a small serving, excessive Vermouth, having it mildly chilled and/or diluted, and a stale or small twist
So what is the Perfect Martini? It’s often said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and so it is with Martinis. My perfect Martini may not be the same as yours. Gin or Vodka, Shaken or Stirred, Olive or Twist? These are all personal preference and each may be part of your perfect Martini.
The perfect Martini is the one that not only quenches your thirst but causes one to stop, just momentarily after the first taste, the first savor, and not just experience the taste on the tongue, but feel it in the heart and soul. The first taste of the perfect Martini should feel like your first kiss.
I’m still searching for mine. It may be a long hard search over miles and years, but I’m up to it. I’ve dedicated my life to it, well this blog anyway.
For the sake of comparison, consider the Gimlet. It is a classic cocktail by all accounts with a well deserved following. While it is made of gin, it is not a Martini. Nor is the Tom Collins; despite its long and popular history.
Trendy variations abound: Appletini, Chocotini, Margaritini, Dirty Martini, etc. IMHO all of these are Kool-aid; sweet or flavored drinks with a touch of gin or vodka to appease the masses. These fruity flowery light weight bastardizations of the noble Martini will not be discussed, or tolerated, herein.
The only variations that will be discussed here will be the Vesper solely because of its history, source, and notoriety. And really, don’t we all have just a bit of 007 in us?
The concept of a “Perfect” Martini is often discussed and rarely achieved. What is it? How is it made?
Before we can discuss the “Perfect” Martini, we must define a Martini.
- Merriam-Webster: An alcoholic drink made with gin and vermouth; also: a similar drink made with vodka instead of gin.
- Dictionary.com: A cocktail made with gin or vodka and dry vermouth, usually served with a green olive or a twist of lemon peel.
- Oxforddictionaries.com: A cocktail made from gin (or vodka) and dry vermouth, typically garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon
So we can all agree that a Martini is a drink made from Gin or Vodka with a bit (maybe) of Vermouth topped with a twist of lemon, possibly lime, or an olive (or three).
This blog is just one part of a trio of sites I intend to assemble to honor the martini. There will also be a Facebook page devoted to martini trivia and commentary and a Twitter account (@Shkn_Nt_Strrd) from which I will provide brief reviews of Martinis I enjoy (or not) at various bars, restaurants, and fine dining establishments.
I started this blog over a year ago and it’s been sitting fallow for a long time. I just got busy with another side of life. My apologies to everyone who may have checked in here hoping for more info and found no updates. That will not happen again. Think of it as a sort of 2015 resolution.