Check it out, June 19th is National Martini Day. What better way to celebrate than with the best!
A classic martini is made with gin, specifically with London Dry Gin. The term London Dry is a quality designation, meaning the base spirit must be equal to or above 96% ABV, or alcohol by volume. Include the requirement that all flavors must be added during the distillation process by using natural plant materials including juniper, then it may be tempered to a lower proof.
Many producers add flavorings after distillation like Hendricks which produces a fine, cucumber flavored gin, but neither they or anyone that adds flavorings post distillation can label theirs as London Dry.
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The Best Martini
- Ice cubes
- 1/4 oz dry vermouth for rinsing
- 1 oz dry vermouth
- 2 – 1/2 oz gin
- Olive on a pic
- Stuff your olive with blue cheese
- Fill a mixing glass about 1/3 with ice cubes
- Add 1/4 oz vermouth and swirl the glass to coat the ice, then strain it out, keeping the seasoned ice
- Add 1 oz vermouth
- Add 2 – 1/2 oz of gin
- Stir slowly to avoid aerating your drink, making 40 revolutions to give it time to mix and chill properly
- Let it rest while you spear your olive with a pic
- Remove your glass from the freezer
- Strain and pour your drink into the frozen cocktail glass
- Add the blue cheese olive
- Admire and enjoy!
And one more thing…