How To Make a Dry Martini
E.B Martin called it 'The elixir of quietude'; the Martini requires little else in the way of introduction. The defining drink of the golden era of the cocktail, it is a sophisticated yet acquired taste.
What you'll need:
75ml/2.5floz Premium gin/vodka
Lemon zest twist
Fill the Martini glass with crushed ice and chilled water and place it in the fridge.
Fill the mixing glass to the 3/4 point with hard, cubed ice. Into the mixing glass pour 75ml/2.5floz of premium gin or vodka.
Discard the ice and water before pouring a dash of vermouth into the chilled glass. Swirl the vermouth around the glass to coat the surface. Discard any remaining vermouth.
Stir the ice and gin/vodka with the long-handled/bar spoon until the mixing glass has frosted over.
Strain the gin/vodka into the martini glass and garnish with either a green olive or a twist of lemon zest.
The simplicity of the Dry Martini makes its perfect execution vital. When well made its classic status is no mystery.
Use the best gin or vodka you can afford as it is the dominant ingredient.
Use ice made from mineral water if possible. This will prevent any unwanted flavour leeching into the finished drink.
Noilly Prat is an excellent Vermouth for a Dry Martini.
Ensure that the dry, white Vermouth is used rather than the sweet, red version.
Martinis are highly alcoholic so consume them with care.