Please, no James Bond stuff
A traditional martini is never ever made with vodka; which in fact, is what James Bond usually drinks. If it's made with anything other than gin, it's not a martini.
Let's begin with an experiment, shall we? Ask ten people how to make the "perfect" martini. Chances are, you will get ten different answers to the question. Many will claim that a martini can be made in several different ways. But, that's not the truth. There is only one correct way to make a martini, and we are going to show you how.
First and foremost, you will need information on the accessories to make the drink. As you read through the article, you will find the essential tools required along with the steps. In each of these steps, we have highlighted the accessories as and when they are required.
8 Must-have Martini Accessories
Following is the ultimate guide to making a martini. Trust us, you will never have to look anywhere else, ever again. Just gather the accessories mentioned in the image below, and follow the steps to preparing the drink.
Martini Making 101
Now that you have the list of accessories, the steps to making the drink will definitely be easier than expected. Follow the instructions mentioned below, and in no time, you will be sipping on a delicious martini.
1. A fortified wine, vermouth needs to be stored in a refrigerator or a cooler; as it is particularly prone to spoilage. Using the cap of the bottle, pour the vermouth into it. To make one martini, that's all the vermouth you will need. Increase the quantity if you're serving more people.
2. The next item you'll need is a metal shaker. Now, if you wish to impress your guests, you can get the 2-piece Boston shaker as well; it is usually used by experienced bartenders. As a martini is served chilled, you should keep the shaker inside a freezer for at least half an hour. That way, when you're ready to make the drink, the shaker will be at the correct temperature.
3. Grab an ice cube tray from the freezer, and add a couple handful of ice cubes in the metal shaker. Pour vermouth over the ice cubes, and swirl it around the shaker so that the bottom of the shaker is coated properly.
4. And now, we move on to the best part of the drink―adding the gin. Always use gin, and not vodka or any other flavored spirits to make a martini. Also, the gin should ideally be stored in the freezer, and left out on a bar shelf. And as for the quantity to be used, to make one drink, use two shots of gin. Use the measuring cup to get the accurate amount―two shots equals three fluid ounces.
5. Pour the gin over the ice cubes and close the shaker properly. You will swirl the shaker a few times, and not vigorously shake it to death. You need to keep swirling the shaker till gin and vermouth combine properly, and the ice melts slightly.
6. Grab a chilled martini glass from the freezer, and ready the garnish. Insert 2―3 olives on a toothpick, and place it inside the glass. If you don't like olives, you can certainly use lemon peel. Strain the drink in the glass, and enjoy.
Take your time while sipping on this wonderful, classic drink; you are not expected to rush through it. So relax, make the drink when you have a few friends over, and enjoy it the way it's meant to be.