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Martini Rules of Thumb

Feb 19, 2008
mmonacel in Recipes

Perfect Martini

There are, of course, just as many recipes as there are people for a martini. My personal favorite is Hendrick's gin (beautifully floral and smooth), with a dash of dry vermouth. While trends may come and go, a little goes a long way in terms of vermouth in my opinion. I'm looking to enhance the gin rather than overpower it. By that same token, I prefer mine shaken. James Bond aspirations aside, shaken provides two key qualities, it aerates the gin giving it a lighter texture on the tongue (absolutely phenominal - especially just after the pour), and breaks up the ice into small shards, not only cooling it down effectively, but also just slightly smoothing it out even more. Of course, no martini starts with a warm glass, so ice and water are added to the glass to kick off the process, creating a perfectly chilled palate.

Feb 19, 2008
mmonacel in Recipes