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.
Welcome to my Perfect Martini site. This site was created for the purpose of discussion and information on the Perfect Martini as well as a bit of fun and amusement. These are, of course, my opinions. But then, it’s my Blog, I hope you enjoy my thoughts and comments. I do welcome yours.
Welcome to my Blog.
The goal is to provide my thoughts and ideas on the creation of the perfect martini and, hopefully, where one can find such a martini.