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Martini - a Drink with Something in It

Martini - a Drink with Something in It

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth -
I think that perhaps it's the gin.

- Ogden Nash

Unarguably, Martini is the icon of cocktail culture nowadays and probably the most stylish drink one can think of. However, no one can tell for sure why the Martini is called what it is. Some say that it is named after a bartender from New York whose name was Martini, some say that it takes its name from Martini & Rossi dry vermouth, others claim that it is a little changed name of similar drink named the Martinez, originated in Martinez, California.

Although martinis are very popular and many people know how to make them in general, there are many arguments going on about what actually IS a martini and some nuances of its recipes are rather uncertain.

If you do like Martinis you like them passionately, there is no other way it can be. The martini is not just a regular drink - its a symbol, a subject to a cult that has numerous dedicated worshipers. A true lover can give a lot for a perfect martini; and if he does get one, his satisfaction is trully unmeasureable.

There are numerous variations of martini, but to make a decent martini you just need to mix some good gin with dry vermouth in ratio somewhere around 5 to 1 (some people even like 10 to 1), stir well and put a green olive in it. Another tip is to keep all ingredients as cold as possible for as long as possible, since when a martini gets warm it looses a lot.


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