Since this blog has existed I’ve advocated and supported the concept that your Perfect Martini is just that, yours. My Perfect Martini is mine. And the two may not be identical. What is important is that we find that which works for each of us.
Having said that, I thought it time to share what I believe works best for me. Interestingly over the course of the last year researching for this blog and writing about Martinis and Martini preparation my taste has ‘evolved’. My preference has moved a bit drier and I’m garnishing with a twist much more often. Lime if available.
Anyway, here is my process. Note that I say ‘process’, not recipe. The recipe is pretty simple: 3 ounces of chilled Bombay Sapphire Gin, a capful of Vermouth, and a twist. But it is the process of putting that together that really makes the Perfect Martini.
The process starts with advanced preparation. Put the bottle of Gin and your Martini stem in the freezer and the vermouth in the refrigerator. IF you use a massive shaker, that should go in the freezer too. This should be done well before you need to prepare the Martini. (I just leave my gin in the freezer and vermouth in the fridge permanently.)
Then make the twist. I always prepare the twist before the martini so that the martini doesn’t wait, and get warm, if I make the twist at the end of the process. No, the twist will not wilt or dry out in the 90 seconds you make the Martini…. it will be just fine waiting for its grand entry at the end of the process. This goes for olives, if you prefer them…. spear them before the martini.
Finally we start making the Martini proper. Fill the shaker with about a cup of cold ice. (See Cold Ice Please! for comments and description of “Cold Ice”). Take the cap off the Vermouth bottle, fill it with Vermouth and put that in the shaker with the cold ice. Swirl or shake the Vermouth and ice briefly and then drain the Vermouth. Keep the ice, of course.
Next put 3 ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin into the shaker. (That’s 6 tablespoons or a 3/8 cup if you don’t have a jigger.) Shake the shaker vigorously for about 10 seconds. 10 seconds is all you need to chill the liquid, any more and your just working your biceps, triceps, and delts.
Now, quickly remove the Martini stem from the freezer and pour the Martini from the shaker into the Stem. Take the twist and lightly run the rind around the edge of the stem, squeeze a bit of the oils into the liquid, and drop it gently into the Martini.
Finally take the Martini out to the porch, sit comfortable, look at the sunset over the beach, and enjoy the Perfect Martini.