The Martini is the quintessential cocktail and my personal favorite. It is so well known in fact that the glass vessel that contains one was even taken over by the name. Now anything that goes into a straight sided cocktail glass is a SOMETHING-tini. I say to drink whatever you like but if I am ordering a “tini” it will be gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. Lemon twists during the day and Castelvetrano olives at night. A cocktail onion or even a large caper might make a brief appearance here and there if I am feeling coy. A grapefruit peel goes miles for certain gins. This cocktail can be made in a myriad of ways and most of them are correct. Go put a bottle of gin in your freezer now so by the time five rolls around you can have one.
The king of cocktails drifts with divinity,
As thin ice stretches over a cool lake.
In a chilled and iced mixing glass add in this order:
1 Dash Regans #6 Orange Bitters
50 ml Frozen Dry Gin (Gordons)
10 ml Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat Extra Dry)
Stir until fragrant.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Squeeze the oil of a lemon peel over the top of the drink and/or drop in a (chilled) Castelvetrano olive.
Note: Make sure your olive still has a pit. Pitted olives are gross. Warn your guest.
Note: The gin is actually warming up by coming in contact with the ice. Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water. I am aiming for the aroma of the gin to come out of the glass. It will be cold no matter what so now aim for perfection.
The more I make this drink the lazier I become and truly the better they get. Muscle memory I guess. At this point my usual method for a group over to dinner is as such:
Lazy Group Martinis
Fill a large mixing glass or pitcher with ice and leave it that way while everyone settles in.Dump out the melt water before mixing a batch and keep it full of ice between rounds.
Dash in some orange bitters if it's not too much trouble.
Eyeball some gin for as many people that want a martini (a full 750 ml bottle is about right for a group of twelve).
Splash a spot of vermouth (Less is more here. We are aiming for super dry like ~15-1 so a little less than 50 ml for your group of twelve).
Stir this mix for a second and then let it sit.
Ask about the kids, work, whatever, but most important find out if people want olives, onions, or neither.
After a couple of minutes stir again.
Strain into chilled cocktail glasses.
Squeeze the oil of a lemon peel over the top of the drinks and/or drop in the desired appetizer.
Note: If using a frozen gin the sitting time can be shorter.
Note: If using room temp gin let it sit a bit longer. Yes, I know it will be more diluted but it will be be colder. I prefer a colder martini to a not diluted enough martini. I use this method for a group of two or more. Between conversation, music, and the fact that it’s my booze in my house no one has yet to complain about the strength of my martini. They also keep coming back, though it could be that my wife is that good of a cook.
Enjoy! Drink more gin.
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