Traditional martini

Traditional martini

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Borsch, Vodka and Tears
Serves
1
Photographer
Bonnie Savage

The vodka for this drink must be at room temperature — as the vodka cools, the ice melts and a good martini is diluted just the right amount.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60ml clear vodka of your choice
noilly prat or other dry vermouth
2 large green brined olives
or a twist lemon, (optional)
5-10ml olive brine, (optional)

Method

  1. To make a stirred martini, stir the vodka over ice until the shaker is frosty. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  2. We use a pump spray to put a fine mist of Noilly Prat over the drink (only spray for half a second), not because of some mystical property imparted, but because it regulates the amount of vermouth and doesn’t waste much. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of vermouth to the vodka in the shaker at the beginning. There are many ways to add vermouth to a martini, though it is almost universal these days to use only very small amounts. Winston Churchill would be proud!
  3. If you want a shaken martini, shake hard for 30 seconds and strain into a martini glass through a tea strainer. Garnish with two olives or a twist of lemon.
  4. For a dirty martini, omit the vermouth altogether, I find it only confuses things. Stir the vodka over ice as above and strain into a chilled martini glass and then add the olive brine, by drizzling it over the top. People seem to want hugely, massively dirty martinis, but the majority will be satisfied with a beautifully balanced dirty, and this generally happens with fairly small amounts of brine.
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