It’s World Martini day! Get to know all about the classic cocktail here.
A Brief History
The origins of the martini cocktail remain unknown with many theories in play. However, the most widely accepted theory is that martini came from Martinez that later evolved into Manhattan. However, that are other dinks that came into play between 1822-1910 that created a family of drinks related to martini namely Martine, Martigny, Martina, etc.
There is still a lot of speculation about where the martini cocktail came from because of multiple recipes being seen throughout history in different books, the first one being seen in the The Modern Bartender by O.H. Byron in 1884.
What is the best time to have a martini cocktail?
The term ‘three-martini lunch’ started to gain popularity in the 1950s-60s. It was a term mostly used for the business people as they believed that having a sip or two of the cocktail would help with their creativity.
In the modern times, you are free to have this cocktail any time you want! Especially on the world martini day.
Shaken and Stirred Martinis
Martinis should be stirred, not shaken! We know that everyone likes their cocktails served to them as quickly as possible but most people don’t know how to make a classic martini! Yes, shaking the martini would get your drink chilled faster but stirring it would keep its texture intact and even make it taste smoother. So, on world martini day, stir your cocktail!
Vodka or Gin?
It’s World Martini Day and finally time to resolve this constant debate on what is in a martini. We are here to tell you that in the historical context, vodka martini did come first but in today’s world gin has become more of tradition choice.
The key difference is that gin martini would give you a more complex and a more bitter flavor whereas the vodka martini is smoother.
How to make a Classic Martini?
Ingredients for a Martini Cocktail
- 2.5 ounces of gin/vodka
- 0.5 ounce of vermouth
- Olives or twisted lemon peels for garnishing
- Shaker or mixing glass
- A strainer
- Mesh strainer (if you choose to shake)
- Bar spoon
- Jigger/measuring glass
- Pairing Knife
Instructions for stirred martini cocktail
- Chill your glass in the freezer beforehand.
- Put the gin/vodka and dry vermouth in a mixing glass.
- Stir it and strain. Add the ice cubes in the mixture for 30 seconds.
- Garnish your drink and it is ready to serve!
Instructions for Shaken Martini Cocktail
- Chill the glass.
- Put the ingredients in the shaker along with ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- You can either strain it out using the mesh cloth or you can enjoy it as it is. You can also follow a video tutorial.
What are the different Martini Types?
So, let us know take a quick look at the different types of martini. There are a total of 8 martini types that include:
- Dry Martini: Less concentration of vermouth.
- Dirty Martini: Has olive brine in it.
- Perfect-50-50: This is made of gin and has a 1:1 ratio of dry and sweet vermouth.
- Wet Martini: The name is quite ironic because this one has more dry vermouth.
- Martini on the rocks: This is served over ice rather than being strained out.
- Martini with a twist: Contains citrus peels in a swirly shape.
- Kangaroo: When gin is replaced with vodka, it’s a kangaroo.
- Gibson: Olives are replaced with onions.
Though there are several more Martini types that have emerged with time.
How to order a Martini Cocktail like an expert?
This World Martini Day, become a pro on how to order this classic cocktail.
- You need to know your alcohol. It is best to know if you want vodka or gin before you order it.
- Know what type you want! Read the martini types stated above to know which one you like the best!
- Delivery matters. While martini glasses look great, on the rocks would be a more practical choice so as to not spill.
- Order two martinis, at most!
Basic Rules of Martini
Yes, you can drink martinis with your friends have some fun. It is a cocktail made to have a good chat over and bond on. However, there are some martini rules you must know. These are the things known by all martini experts so if you looking to become one or consider yourself one, check your knowledge out!
- Martinis are not sweet, they are not supposed to be.
- It is not a martini if it has more vermouth than the necessary amount.
- All those fancy names like the berry martini, vanilla martini, etc are not really martinis!
- Unfortunately, martinis should not come in colors like red, blue, pink, etc.
World Martini Day!
Celebrate the world martini day with this amazing knowledge about Martinis!
Whether you are a martini expert or a newbie, it safe to say that martini is a drink that everyone can enjoy and have a great chat over. If you don’t have vermouth at your home, and are wondering how to make a classic cocktail, do not worry – follow the recipe below shared by Rohan Matmary, Beverage Head for Asia’s 40th Best Bar, Sidecar, and Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy.
Ingredients for a Martini Cocktail
- 60ml Gin
- 15ml Dry White Wine (Sauv Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
- 2 dashes of Orange or Lemon Bitters
- Stir or Roll over ice. Serve with a Lemon Peel
So, stay home, stay safe and have a great world martini day! You can also reach out to us to know how to make a dirty martini.