Friday, June 24, 2011

Vodka or Gin Martini? Both!!

You know one of the things I love? Russian Standard Vodka!

A martini is traditionally made with gin. This one is made with Boodles gin.

The traditional way to make a gin martini is with orange bitters (before prohibition)

an ounce of gin
an ounce of dry vermouth
a dash of orange bitters

Now I prefer my martini to be made with vodka. (Very bad experience with gin a long, long time ago!)

According to Mr Boston's guide it's 50/50 mix. Vodka and dry vermouth. Good combo this...

Who doesn’t remember the debonair James Bond ordering his martini and stating with confidence, “Shaken, not stirred”

To quote Jonathan Pogash, a cocktail consultant for a New York based hospitality business,

“It’s pretty safe to say that the guy had no experience behind the bar and little if any knowledge of proper mixing techniques. Little did he know his quote would set off a half-century debate over whether a martini that is shaken is as good as one that is stirred.”

There is a rule, making it uber easy to follow. When a cocktail contains all booze, stir it. If it has any sweetener or citrus or egg or other thick liquid, shake it. Why? If you shake it you bruise it thereby causing bitterness. A drink with thicker liquids needs the shaking so everything can combine properly.

Bottoms up!


Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I like girly martinis, and definitely vodka! Looking forward to trying Russian Standard - I'll be needing a nice drink after ripping out ceiling tiles all day!

girlichef said...

I don't even remember if I've ever had gin. strange, huh? This vodka sounds awesome...and still want that cup! And one day I'll try gin...