Today is National Martini Day!!
The Martini is synonymous with sophistication. It's a classy cocktail best enjoyed at the end of a hard day or the beginning of a great night. I had my first martini at the age of 28. And thankfully no sooner. I was surprised by how much I loved a cocktail that wasn't sweet. It was as if I had been longing for its dry refreshment and didn't know it. I proceeded to drink them frequently, often opting for the dirty version.
No other drink, in my opinion, is more iconic or sparks more controversy than the classic martini. Every Martini drinker thinks their recipe is the best. Admittedly, I've been known to be a bit obnoxious about how I like my martini.
But that's the greatness of the martini cocktail. It's a drink that evokes passion. Whether shaken or stirred, gin or vodka (always gin), dirty, dry, extra dry - there's no wrong way to appreciate this classic as long as you make it your own.
The Classic (Dry) Martini
1.5 oz. Dry Gin
.5 oz Dry Vermouth
Stir or shake with ice. Strain.
Garnish with olives or cocktail onions.
Part of being cocktail crafty is giving a nod to the classic while giving it your own twist. In martini recipe this case I kept the gin but decided to go towards the sweeter side. I substituted sweet vermouth in place of the dry and added Hibiscus syrup.
1.5 oz. Dry Gin
.25 oz Sweet Vermouth
.25 oz Hibiscus Syrup*
.25 oz lemon juice
*Hibiscus Syrup: Simple syrup made with hibiscus tea.
How ever you chose to celebrate this National Martini Day, be sure to imbibe happily!