From Humphrey Bogart to James Bond to Carrie Bradshaw, the martini is an iconic cocktail. Consisting of only three ingredients; gin or vodka, vermouth and a garnish, it is the epitome of style and sophistication. While the first martini hit the bar scene around 1860, today 50% of all cocktails are served in a martini glass. The humble martini has come a long way since 1860. Nowadays, there’s an abundance of styles and methods used to create a martini, so it’s not surprising if your martini confidence is a little low.
What to do in Toronto: Celebrate World Martini Day
To celebrate World Martini Day we are sharing with you tips from our friends at Belvedere (the world’s first luxury vodka) that will raise your martini confidence.
Step #1: Choose Your Vermouth
‘Vermouth’ is the French pronunciation of the German word ‘Wermut’. Wermut translated into English means woodworm, which is a popular ingredient used to fortify wine with a variety of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes. Today, there are a variety of vermouths to choose from, however, the most common are either sweet or dry.
Step #2: Shaken or Stirred?
Most of us know that Bond likes his martinis shaken, not stirred. So, what’s the big deal between the two methods? Both are great. Stirring or shaking produce the same amount of dilution and chilly temperature, however, stirring simply takes longer to get there. While the shaking method introduces air into the spirit and alters the texture, stirring gently leaves the spirit undisturbed in its frosty state, leading to a silkier consistency.
Step #3: Wet or Dry?
The main difference between a wet martini and a dry martin is the amount of vermouth that is added to the cocktail. Again, this is all a matter of taste. So if you want to go heavy on the vermouth, you want a wet martini. If you want just a splash of vermouth in your cocktail order a dry martini.
Step #4: Choose Your Garnish
Yes, as always, we save the best for last. Your martini deserves to look pretty, so make it look covetable by garnishing it with green olives. Or, add a tart-y lemon twist to create a refreshing aroma. And this summer, dashes of fragrant bitters are trending at many of Toronto’s hottest restaurants and bars.
Now that you know more about the martini, here are a couple of recipes for you to try. Salud!
CLASSIC BELVEDERE MARTINI
The character of this cocktail is crisp, elegant and perfectly balanced.
60ml / 2 oz Belvedere Vodka
10ml / 1/4 oz Lillet Blanc
Twist of pink grapefruit
Combine Belvedere and the aromatized wine
in mixing glass and stir over ice until very
cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and
garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.
60ml / 2 oz Belvedere Unfiltered
10ml / 1/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
A single green olive or slice of cucumber
For Belvedere and vermouth directly into rocks
glass filled with a large ball/cube of ice. Gently
stir liquids to combine and garnish with a
single green olive or a slice of cucumber