Originally Posted by aravenel
Unfortunately. Which I would strongly argue is not a martini, but is just a glass of vodka. Which is fine if that's your thing, but call it what it is.
IMO, a martini is 1) gin based, 2) has a noticeable amount of vermouth, and 3) if you put olive juice in it GTFO.
Agreed. I'm sure I'm treading old ground here, but a Martini must meet the following criteria:
-Gin (London Dry, Plymouth, or New American)
-Dry vermouth (from a fresh bottle)
-ratio between 1:1 and 6:1. (2:1 - 3:1 is optimal.)
-+/- orange bitters (this is traditional)
other liquid ingredients– you wouldn't dump cherry syrup in your Manhattan, after all, even from the Luxardo cherry jar.
-Be stirred. (Bond is right about knit ties and wrong about this.)
-lemon peel expressed then discarded
-cocktail onion (homemade pickled pearl onions, most of the store-bought ones are lousy)– call this a Gibson if you want, though the original Gibson probably didn't have an onion
Martini drinkers (and cold Vodka drinkers who fancy themselves Martini drinkers) tend to believe there is room for personal idiosyncrasies beyond the options listed above, and seem to think that the more of these they have, the more "personality" they are showing. I suspect these are the people who add 10 minutes to your morning coffee with their asinine special orders.
The Martini is not and will never be "your" drink, and you should be grateful God is lending it to you.