Martini: Learn a Cocktail

By Betchy Crocker

Because we’ve run out of mainstream wines to explain to you, today we’re going to delve into the wide world of cocktails you should know about. We’ll start with a classic in honor of DILF, Don Draper, of Mad Men: The martini.

Origins: No one really knows the exact origin of the martini since there were like, a shit ton of similar cocktails floating around in bars during the late 19th century. There are a few theories, one being that a bartender at the Knickerbocker Hotel in NYC created the gin and vermouth concoction in 1911 or 1912. Another story suggests that in 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under the name of Martini, so the brand name may have actually created the cocktail’s name.

Regardless of where the fuck it came from, one thing was for sure; during Prohibition, the ease of making illegal gin (in bathtubs mostly) led to the martini’s rise as the most popular cocktail in the U.S. It eventually died back off again to make way for shit like wine spritzers and Cosmos, but the martini seems to have made a bit of a comeback in recent years.

Types: There are three main types of martinis you can order –

  • A dry martini is one made with dry, white vermouth.
  • A dirty martini contains a bit of olive brine or juice and typically has an olive in it. This tastes like salt water but masks the taste of alcohol so like you'll prob get pretty blackout on these (Never again, Alyssa).
  • A perfect martini uses equal amounts sweet and dry vermouth.
  • A vodka martini uses vodka in place of gin. If you order a fucking martini, it’s going to come with gin unless you specify.

Prepare: So, to create and make a straight martini, take a martini glass and chill it in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Measure out 2 oz of gin and 1 oz of dry vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir the mixture until chilled – about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into the chilled martini glass. Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon twist (literally, a 1-2 inch piece of skin from a fresh lemon), drop it into the martini, and serve. You can also add a toothpick with a skewered olive.

Look how classy you are.




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