Originally posted by seafarer john
Oldfrt: That thing your are drinking is NOT A MARTINI! It is some pretender hiding in a Martini glass. I would hope that the evil person who first poured vodka in a Martini glass and called it a Martini would be suffering the pangs of Hell by now. . . .
Cheers to All, John
Ah! A man after me own heart! A purist-without-apology!
I think it's just wonderful that people are willing to try new things but, in my view, the only variations that might be permissibly called a Martini should be limited to choice and proportion of gin and vermouth, olive or lemon or both, and [possibly] shaken or stirred -- and that's a degree of flexibility that I don't often display. I don't order a Martini in a restaurant unless I can instruct and observe a bartender who doesn't seem overly busy.
My perfect Martini (not to be confused with the so-called "Perfect Martini) requires Bombay and Noilly Prat in a 7/1 proportion, quickly and gently stirred in ice cubes (the stirring and the cubes so as not to end up with tiny chips of ice watering down the result in the glass), a very cold (preferably frozen) double-martini-glass of fine quality swiped with essence of the lemon peel (the thin yellow surace layer with the oily essence and without a trace of the bitter white),and a good quality olive(some, like non-virgin olive oils, can be bitter). A-a-a-h . . . a transluscent, ethereal nectar that is unmatchable.
A good wine may benefit from "a loaf of bread and thou" but a great Martini stands alone.
I haven't experimented with, or tried, much in the way of Martini-pretenders (a "Chocolate Martini" -- aigh! Gag me with a muddling pestle!) but,living as I do on west Caribbean island, I invented a gin concoction that I later discovered I only replicated. In my recipe, it has only a dash of blue Curacao instead of the vermouth, but elsewhere it's been called a "Blue Martini" and usually has a larger (sweeter - ugh!) proportion of Curacao. I call mine, variously, a "Blue Sky' or a "Blue Lagoon." However, I could never get used to "wasting" my good gin in it, so I now make it with decent vodka and serve it to others while I enjoy my Martini. -Tom