The famous American journalist, satirist, critic and scholar of American English Henry Louis Mencken called the martini the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.
Gin, dry vermouth, a green olive or lemon peel (depending on personal preferences) – this is all about martini. Vodka martini, dirty martini, Cosmopolitan, Alexander, Appletini as well as the famous cocktail of James Bond and many others varieties of martini were created later.
The proportion of gin and vermouth can be very different in a dry martini recipe: in the 20th of the last century it was 2: 1 (2 parts of gin, 1 part of vermouth). Nowadays it is 5:1, 10:1 or whichever you like. I prefer the version of the Epicurious magazine by David Wondrich.
This cocktail is as strong as delicious. So, think about this when making dry martini and drink responsibly.
Classic Dry Martini
- 75 ml (2 ½ oz) London dry gin
- 15 ml (1/2 oz) dry vermouth
- 1-2 green olives or a strip of lemon peel
In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin and vermouth. Stir for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with 1-2 green olives or a strip of lemon peel.
Cook with pleasure!