Classical Cocktails: The Martini – Gin

Lots of perfectly nice people, including James Bond, like a vodka Martini. I would pedantically argue that there is no such thing. The Martini is a gin cocktail. It is the gin cocktail. (Gin and tonic, close second.) What writer and grammar maven E.B. White called “the elixir of solitude” and writer and professional grump H.L. Mencken called “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” has been immortalized tirelessly, most thoroughly in Bernard Devoto’s The Hour, a rant of the first water, devoted to the cocktail hour (by which he means several Martinis.)

There are (too) many jokes about the Martini’s proportion of vermouth to gin. Technically, a Martini can be made “sweet” (sweet vermouth), dry (dry vermouth) or “perfect” (equal parts of sweet and dry). But many argue that “perfect” means waving the vermouth bottle in the general direction of the glass.

6 cL gin

1 cL dry vermouth

Put into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with an olive or squeeze lemon oil from lemon zest into the drink.

Photos by: Adam Finkle

Casey Metzger, Top Shelf

Smoking Gun (A Martini twist)

1.5 oz. vodka

1 tsp. smoked onion vermouth

.5 oz. dry vermouth

Place in a mixing glass. Lightly shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with smoked onions on a skewer.

To make the smoked onions;

Preheat Traeger smoker to the smoke setting.

Once it’s at temp, pour a jar of vermouth-soaked cocktail onions into a shallow sheet pan. Smoke for 45 minutes.

See the other Classic Cocktails:

The Rob Roy – ScotchThe Daiquiri – RumThe Bloody Mary – VodkaThe Sidecar – CognacThe Old Fashioned – BourbonThe Margarita – Tequila

See more inside our 2017 September/October Issue.

Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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