The lost truth about Martinis

Myth: A Martini is any random concoction that strikes your fancy, served in a conical glass.

Reality: A Martini is gin or vodka, with a hint of vermouth, typically (but not necessarily) served in a conical glass.

It is not the conical glass that makes a Martini.  It’s the ingredients.  And the conical glass sucks anyway:  it spills too easily.

I prefer gin.  James Bond prefers vodka for some reason.  True Martini afficionados seem to think the less vermouth, the better.  Some apparently think it sufficient to merely show the Martini the unopened bottle of vermouth, at a distance not less than 1m.

What is it with restaurants and bars having these big Martini menus, in which all but one, maybe two, of the items in it bear no resemblance whatsoever to a Martini?

2 Responses to “The lost truth about Martinis”


  • Had lunch at Sole yesterday. Their “Martini Menu” has zero, count ’em… zero, Martinis on it.

  • Ok here’s the deal on Martini’s when making a martini you do not pour vermouth. You put it in the glass and swish it around to coat the glass then dump the vermouth. it adds the flavor. A dirty you use olive juice instead. Without the Vermouth, we call it a see-through. Those other Apple Martini is an Apple Martini because it is the Liquor and it is prepared as a martini general you take the martini glass and chill the glass using club soda and ice. While it is chilling you put your liquor either Gin/Vodka or Liquor in a shaker add Ice and shake the hell out of it breaking down the ice then empty the chilled martini glass and pour your iced martini in. and add garnish. Gin should not be done in this manner because the shaking will bruise the gin. Why they Stir Gin Martinis. James Bond Vodka Martini, Shaken not Stir.

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