"Shaken, not stirred." Why every man should have his martini shaken not stirred, but first, what is a martini? A classic martini is made with gin and dry vermouth (vermouth being an aromatic infused fortified wine from Italy). Served in that chilled sexy glass with either olives or a twist. A good martini is shaken for about 30 seconds, and if the glass is chilled properly you should have thin sheets of ice floating on top. So, now you know what a martini is, how do you order this clean and sexy drink?
How to order a martini
A Dry Martini: usually implies less vermouth A Wet Martini : more vermouth than gin A Dirty Martini: adds olive juice A Martini with a Twist: served with lemon rind instead of olives. A Gibson: served with an onion, not an olive. Vodka Martini: made with vodka instead of gin.
Make it interesting
So, a little fun fact: martinis should always be served with an odd number of garnishes. An even number implies bad luck. For those who are food snobs or foodies, a variety of olives including stuffed blue cheese, or bacon infused olives add an extra layer of taste.
Martinis are classics, and one of the easiest drinks to make at home. All you need is a martini shaker, a chilled glass, ice, vermouth, and your choice of gin (ours is Tanqueray, it won't clean your wallet out either). In a shaker put one part vermouth, and four parts gin, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass, and serve. We like to serve ours with a twist of lime, and before putting the glasses into the freezer, rim the glass with a wedge of lime.