Monday, September 3, 2012

Shaken or Stirred, Enjoying The Martini

Before James Bond ever asked for his Martini to be shaken and not stirred, people from all over were enjoying the gin based drink after work, at dinner, on vacation and wherever else they happened to be. When preparing to write my handful or so Martini recipes, I wanted to see just where this now popular drink actually came from.

The base for a classic Martini is Gin, which was invented back in the 17th century from a mix of grain alcohol and juniper berry oil. Gin was used to treat kidney disorders and to purify blood. Patients were particularly happy as it caused a relaxed buzzed feeling when given. The partner to Gin inside of a Martini is Vermouth, another medical breakthrough which was used as a remedy for intestinal worms and rheumatism. It was also a sweet red dessert drink and made of several ingredients including cinnamon, clove, brandy, white wine, and tree bark along with other flavor enhancers. These days both Gin and Vermouth have evolved and are much more refined then their early counterparts.

Today the Martini is different and has changed to include various flavors, juices and now uses Vodka as a base almost as much as Gin. Check out these 7 tasty drinks for some fun times. A note of caution though, I always tell people to drink in moderation and to not drive after drinking. When it comes to a Martini, a potent drink which can catch people by surprise, please use a little bit more of the caution I just mentioned. I want everyone to be around when I write the next article!!

A martini is prepared inside of a cocktail shaker along with ice and either stirred or shaken. Once the alcohol has been poured over the ice , it is typical to allow it a chance to chill before being served. Once prepared, the Martini is served 'neat' which means no ice, strained from the shaker directly to the glass. Traditional garnish includes olives and lemon twists. Another trick you might want to try is rimming the martini glass with sugar for some of the fruity drinks. In order to do this though, make sure to use a fine sugar and try to use a flavor of fruit that is part of the drink itself. As an example, use a strawberry slice for the Strawberry Martini or a lime to match up with the Cosmopolitan.

~ Strawberry Martini ~
Made correctly, this Martini recipe can make any occasion pure magic. It uses real strawberries and not a strawberry syrup
1 tsp Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Grenadine
1 tsp Sugar
5 Strawberries, sliced
Take the sliced strawberries and sugar, crush them using a spoon inside of the cocktail shaker, add 5 or 6 ice cubes over the top. Pour vodka, vermouth, and grenadine into the shaker. Allow the alcohol to sit with the ice for a few seconds to chill. Cover and shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, garnish with a sliced strawberry.


~ Cosmopolitan ~

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1 tsp Lime Juice

Add ingredients to a iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

~ Sour Apple Martini ~
1 1/2 oz Sour Apple Pucker
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau 

  Add ingredients to shaker. Stir gently. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist, apple slice or a cherry.

~ Raspberry Martini ~
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Chambord
Splash of Sweet & Sour Mix
Add all ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

~ Tiramisu Martini ~
1/4 oz Almond Liqueur, Amaretto
1/4 oz Hazelnut Liqueur, Frangelico
1 oz Espresso Vodka, Van Gogh
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz Cream
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and allow to chill. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Top with ground nutmeg, cinnamon or even cocoa powder.

~ Orange Creamsicle Martini ~

1 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Orange Juice
splash of Cream

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and allow to chill. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

~ Classic Martini ~

3 oz Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
Lemon Peel
1-3 Green Olives

Ice the glass. Pour the Gin and Vermouth into a shaker along with ice, allow to sit for about 20 seconds and stir. Remove ice from the glass and strain in the alcohol. Take the lemon peel and twist or squeeze over the glass, allowing the 'spray' to fall into and on the glass. Skewer the olives and lay against the side of the glass.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and do some reading. The weekly drink page has really caught on and is quickly becoming a Kitchen Time favorite! Later this week I was going to be writing a piece on Mediterranean Cooking, however that is going to be put on hold as I tackle a new topic that just popped up this afternoon. Look for some healthy and eye opening stuff later this week!


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