We have recently committed to finally catching up on the popular television show, Mad Men, and I’m thoroughly entertained by it. The culture of that time period is kind of intoxicating. I love watching how they dressed, ate, and drank, and especially watching how different family dynamics were and how the working world functioned.
It is crazy to think about how much our culture has changed in such a short period of time, and to be honest; at the same time the simplest things still have yet to change, like the classic martini. It is still a staple and I’m sure it’s not going anywhere. If you haven’t tried this simple, yet refined drink, I say give it a whirl!
Here are the different ways to order/make the classic martini:
- Vodka, Gin or Vesper—Basically, pick your poison. If you can’t decide, a vesper martini is made up of gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet.
- Extra Dry, Dry, or neither—Next, decide whether you like Vermouth or not. It is meant to enhance the base of the alcohol. If you request “dry” you will get a few drops of Dry Vermouth, if you request “extra-dry” you will get a drop, or no Dry Vermouth at all. If you don’t request dry or extra dry, you will get a splash.
- Shaken or Stirred—How do you want your martini to be treated? If you say, “shaken” your martini will be cooled by being shaken over ice in a cocktail shaker. If you want it “stirred” your martini will be poured over ice in a cocktail shaker and stirred with a spoon. Both are good, but the more you shake it up the more the alcohol will become adulterated or bruised.
- Gibson, Twist, or neither—Pick your garnish: If your order a martini, by standard it will come with an olive or two. If you say, “Gibson, please” you will get a pearl onion instead. Also, if you request your martini with a twist, expect a lemon peel.
- Dirty—Do you like olive juice? If yes, order your martini dirty, you will get a splash in your drink.
These pictures are of Brian’s standard order:
Vodka-martini, shaken, extra-dry (with blue cheese olives)
My typical order:
Vodka-martini, extra-dry, shaken with a twist
I would like to try:
Vesper-martini, extra-dry, shaken with a twist