With the release of the new Bond flick “Skyfall” just around the corner, here at Woodhouse we were wondering; how do you make the perfect Martini? And is it shaken? Or stirred?
“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
– Frank Sinatra
A great martini is like a great Bond film: deceptively simple (there are only a few ingredients after all), and when made by an expert hand, peerless. But a great Martini is also a rare thing to find in the wild. So in today’s world of Wetherspoons and Vodka Revolution, it’s every real man’s responsibility to learn this important life skill. So without further delay, here’s how to mix the perfect martini.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- One (or hopefully two) well chilled Martini glass(es).
- Martini Vermouth
- A large jug or cocktail shaker. For this recipe I’ll be using a shaker, the only difference when using the jug is that your martini will have to be stirred, not shaken.
- Something for garnish. The classic option is olives (make sure not to buy the stuffed ones) but if they don’t tickle your fancy you can try pretty much anything else you have in the kitchen (onion and lime are popular options).
- Finally, gin. It’s important to pick the right brand as not all gins are made equal, and many of them just won’t work in a Martini. I’d suggest Beefeater or Bombay Original (not sapphire!) for their high botanical content which adds depth of flavour to the cocktail.
WHAT TO DO
- Chill the vermouth, gin and shaker well, and pour out a single measure of vermouth (you can use a shot glass to be more accurate, or if you don’t have one you can use the cap of the bottle).
- Add some ice cubes to the chilled shaker (about 8-10 should do) and pour the vermouth over them. You might want to give it a little shake at this point but it’s not essential.
- Next, we add the gin. Pull your bottle out of the freezer and pour another two measures into the shaker. It’s tempting to add more but you don’t want to go overboard here as the flavour of the gin will begin to overpower the vermouth if you add any more. Remember, you can always have another one.
- Now the most important part – the mix. If you’re using a jug you will have no choice but to stir your Martini, but consensus here is that it should be shaken. Shaking lets the ingredients move over the surface of the ice a little more, super-cooling your drink for maximum smoothness. But it’s important not to shake too hard. Be gentle and only shake for around 10-15 seconds, otherwise you could end up with ice shards in the final drink.
- Now it’s time to add a little ambiance. Follow this link and adjust the audio levels to your personal taste. Fullscreen the fire video and soak in the mood.
- Skewer two olives on a toothpick and rest them gently in the chilled glass(es).
- Give your Martini another shake and strain your cocktail gently into the waiting glass(es). Don’t fill it right to the rim otherwise it could spill over.
- Finally, give the glass a very gentle swirl when you first pick it up as this will allow the olive flavour to mix in to the drink a little.
- Kick back and enjoy the company of a scantily clad woman or villainous henchman. It doesn’t matter which, as long as it makes you feel like a badass.
Now you have the skills to outclass each and every one of your friends. Just be careful; most men aren’t prepared to wield such power. And remember,
“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”
– Humphrey Bogart