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The classic martini

Yep, that’s right. I pulled the trigger. Even though I am admittedly gin-phobic, I bought a bottle of Tanqueray No. 10 the other night, just to see what the fuss was all about. Naturally, I decided to make myself the quintessential gin cocktail: a martini.

Straight up, with a twist.

Normally I would go for olives, here, but I realized as I was making this drink that we were (gasp) out. But, because I have a wonderful hubby who thinks ahead (and who knows I’m terrible at making lemon twists), the last time we had a drink that called for a twist, he made a bunch of them and preserved them in vodka in the fridge.

Yeah, let’s twist again.

So, with a twist it was!

It’s going to take some getting used to, but I could see myself becoming okay with gin. I still prefer a vodka martini, but I know there are a lot of connoisseurs out there who really appreciate the flavor nuances in gin… so I’m trying! Help me out here. What are your favorite gin cocktails?

Classic Martini

2 oz gin
dash dry vermouth (may be omitted)

Combine gin and vermouth with ice in a cocktail shaker.Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cocktail olives or a twist.

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8 Thoughts on “The classic martini

  1. Tanqueray and tonic with lime is my go-to summer cocktail. Your martini is drier than mine, I need a bit more vermouth.

  2. Wait if you omit the vermouth, wouldn’t it just be gin? Anyway, I love your cocktail posts!

  3. Have you thought about trying a less traditional gin, like maybe Martin Miller? Maybe you would like it better. I love Martin Miller with just a rinse of vermouth and a fresh lemon twist. If you get a chance to try Martin Miller, give it a chance. It is much more mild than Tanqueray.

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  5. evahowe on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm said:

    I am so proud of you!! I am enjoying gin with anything citrusy and a bit of simple syrup. It just seems to be a nice summer drink.

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