Know Your Martini…and How to Order It

Doesn’t it seem that in the last 20 years a plethora of drinks have been ‘ martinified ’, that is, by using vodka as a base and addin...

Doesn’t it seem that in the last 20 years a plethora of drinks have been ‘martinified’, that is, by using vodka as a base and adding any number of ingredients to achieve a desired mix of flavor, alcohol strength, and sweetness? Think of them – the Appletini, Chocotini and, perhaps the most overwrought of all, the Lycheetini! 

As a dedicated martini enthusiast, and something of a cocktail purist who cites a dry Gibson with three cocktail onions as his drink of choice, I was only too happy to accept the invitation to an impromptu clinic designed to demystify the components of history’s most iconic cocktails and, more importantly, brush up on how to properly order one.

Hosted by the world’s first super-premium vodka, Belvedere, and animated by engaging brand ambassador Ali Dedianko, we knew we were in able hands.

1) The first lesson came in defining the martini – a drink made up of few ingredients but endless possibilities, depending on your taste and mood. Essentially comprised of:
  • Base, commonly gin, most recently vodka.
  • Enhancer, such as sweet or dry vermouth, or other aromatized wine such as Lillet Blanc.
  • Garnish, typically olives or a lemon twist.

2) Next up was the ubiquitous question of shaken or stirred? As it turns out, ordering your martini either way is acceptable – they both produce the same amount of dilution and cold temperature, the only difference being that shaking introduces air into the spirit thus altering the texture, while stirring leaves it in its naturally silky consistency.

3) The most important part to nail in order to fully enjoy your drink is whether you like it wet or dry, which comes down to the ratio of enhancer to base or, in our case, vermouth to vodka. The wetter a martini, the more vermouth it has, while a dry martini has, wait for it…less! 

4) Garnishes are really a matter of preference. The green olive adds a briny saltiness, while lemon gives your drink a burst of freshness. 

Needless to say that after all that schooling we’re all in the mood for a drink; to get you started on the inspiration here are a couple recipes.  Let me know which you prefer!

Classic Belvedere Martini - crisp, elegant, and perfectly balanced.

60ml/2 oz Belvedere Vodka
10ml/ ¼ oz Lillet Blanc
Twist of Pink Grapefruit

Combine Belvedere and the aromatized wine in a mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

Unfiltered Martini On The Rocksrich, full-bodied and mellow, Belvedere Unfiltered is best enjoyed on the rocks, with just a splash of your favourite vermouth and garnish of your choice.

60ml/2 oz Belvedere Unfiltered
10ml/ ¼ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
A single green olive or slice of cucumber

Pour Belvedere and vermouth directly into a 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.



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