No other drink quite compares to the mighty Martini and I had some fun finding out a few trivial pointers on this drink. After doing a minutes worth of research, I found out that the martini and I in fact share a bit of cultural roots. It seems the Martini was born in my home state of California back in the 1800’s. The legend has it, that it was born during the ‘Gold Rush’ era in northern California after a local miner ‘struck it rich with gold’ and called for his local saloon to make a celebratory drink for all to enjoy. Thus was the ignition of the Martini. Though James Bond has received most of the credit from adapting the conventional shaken, Gin Martini to the high-browed, stirred Vodka Martini, I’d say our weekend fest of Vodka Martini’s, stirred and dirty really hit the spot.
Gin, Vodka, I don’t think it goes beyond the preference. I like the vodka martini much more than the gin martini. Our ‘Bartender’ for this special evening was a friend who taught me the ‘dirty’ way of making my favorite drink. The key ingredient here is first and foremost, a good quality Vodka. We worked with Belevedere, which is made from Rye and wheat grains rather than the traditional, potato vodka. We then used the French vermouth, took out the chilled martini glasses from the freezer, and in a separate glass, began to smash the olives for a very dirty flavor. It was a delicious re-introduction after a several year hiatus from this drink. (info. on the size of this huge 6L bottle)
The next question is stirred or shaken. Again, according to my minutes worth of research, it seems that if you desire the drink quite cold and chilled, the best method is shaking it in ice. The scientific reaction to the alcohol and liquids being shaken really stimulate the cold infusion. Our bartender opted for the 30 second mix, which he accurately timed. The result quite possibly was a gentler infusion of the vermouth, vodka, mashed olives and ice which wrapped their flavors around the other, all encouraged by the gentle 30 second stir. I really can’t say which method is better, so, try both, and in closing, my suggestion for optimal enjoyment of the perfect martini…-the dirtier, the better.
Recipe: for individual measurements.