Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating the end of slavery. On June 19th 1865 Union General Gordon Grainger read the proclamation declaring all formerly enslaved people in Texas to be free. June 19th is also national martini day. Is it a coincidence? I don’t think so. What better way to celebrate that historic event than with the best, classic martini!
Martini’s can be and are made with gin and vodka, but it’s gin that ticks the classic box. Specifically, they’re made with with London dry gin. London Dry is a quality designation, that means the base spirit is equal to or above 96% ABV, or alcohol by volume. Furthermore, all flavors must be added during the distillation process, using natural plant materials including juniper and then it may be tempered to a lower proof. Many producers add flavorings after distillation, but they can’t label theirs as London dry.
Today, many call straight vodka or gin in a cocktail glass a martini, but the classic version includes dry vermouth. It tempers the spirit, rounds out the flavor and allows you enjoy another without regret.
Finally, it must be stirred, not shaken to preserve that crystal clear beauty and garnished with an olive.
Read more about the story of the martini, history and legends HERE.
And one more thing…